‘Moor’ badger persecution ….

The sick ‘sport’ of badger baiting has, sadly, long been practiced across South Yorkshire and just when you think things are quietening down there’s a call for ‘legalised’ culling and a resurgence of illegal culling …. an equally sad fact is that Doncaster has the reputation of being the worst place in the Country for badger persecution.

On Friday 3rd May, a member of the public reported two badgers caught in snares on Thorne Moors.  The RSPCA, the Police and members of South Yorkshire Badger Group attended to find the badgers badly injured but still alive. They were taken to the vets where one had to be euthanized.  The other was taken to an RSPCA Centre which has a resident vet.


Snares can still be used to trap foxes and rabbits. Most legal snares can be adapted to become illegal self-locking snares but the snares in question, which were left on a badger sett, were not adapted but illegally manufactured from the outset. Such snares become tighter and tighter until the animal is strangled, injured, decapitated or disembowelled.

South Yorkshire Badger Group believes that all snares should be made illegal as they are cruel and indiscriminate. Sometimes even cats and dogs get caught and are injured or killed in snares.

We need the eyes and ears of members of the public to report anything suspicious if we are going to combat animal cruelty and save Doncaster badgers from extinction.

Recent publicity about bovine TB and the impending badger cull is sometimes used as an excuse for killing badgers, but a few things should be made clear, not least that:

  • as yet there is no bovine TB in Yorkshire and remember also that
  • the badger cull is an experimental trial confined to just two areas of the West Country. Everywhere else badgers are protected and persecution can carry a 6 month prison sentence or a fine of £5000.

Despite this, badgers in the Doncaster area are heading for extinction due to the actions of a few misguided farmers and game keepers, but mainly due to an underclass of thugs with dogs, who patrol the fields looking for something to kill just for their warped entertainment.

PLease if you see suspicious activity, do not put yourself at risk but try to note down any vehicle registration numbers, the site or grid reference (smart phones or phone apps are great for this), if you are able to take photographs then please do so discretely.  Contact the South Yorkshire Badger Group on their 24 hour helpline number of 07722 590184  Or crime stoppers on 0800 555111.  The Police can be contacted on 101 but if a crime is actually in progress, ring them immediately on 999.

They are wonderful creatures, persecution is still illegal in this area.

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