• Badger Trust Staff Team

Badger Trust fights back against badger crime with hard-hitting film

The Badger Trust today releases its new short film, ‘Stopping Badger Crime’, aiming to raise public awareness of crimes against badgers and encourage reporting. Presented by naturalist and broadcaster Mike Dilger, the hard-hitting film reveals the different methods used to persecute badgers, how to recognise the signs, and shows how recording and reporting badger crime helps investigators bring offenders to justice.

Badgers have lived peaceably alongside humans for thousands of years. Yet despite having one of the highest levels of protection in law, badgers are still one of the most persecuted of all species. Badger baiting, snaring, sett interference, and unlicensed shooting continue to cause unimaginable suffering and are often unreported.

Craig Fellowes, Wildlife Crime Officer at the Badger Trust, said:

'Badger crime exists on many levels, conducted by different types of people and for different reasons. Blatant abuse through badger baiting – using dogs to attack badgers for 'sport' – is a major problem. Totally different, but still a serious threat to badgers, is development of land, which encroaches and sometimes obliterates badger habitat. This can be illegal if not approached with due regard to the law, licensing and respect for this protected animal.'

He continued: 'As the voice for badgers in England and Wales, it's the Badger Trust’s job to speak out and educate the public on the horrific but unfortunately seemingly timeless matter of badger persecution. We hope the film will help educate people on the ongoing persecution of badgers and enable them to recognise it when they see it and know what to do. The public can help stop badger crime, and this film aims to show them how.'

Mike Dilger, naturalist, broadcaster and proud Patron of the Essex Badger Protection Group, commented:

‘Recognising, recording and reporting badger crime is important as it helps investigators bring the perpetrators of these vile crimes to justice and successfully prosecute them.

More awareness and reporting also helps the Badger Trust in their campaigns – which will in turn help save more of these iconic animals. I am pleased to have been part of this new film, and ask animal lovers to watch, learn and share widely so more of us can help protect badgers.'

View the Badger Trust film ‘Stopping Badger Crime’ WARNING: Contains distressing content.

How you can help us stop badger crime

At the Badger Trust we have an experienced Crime Team dedicated to monitoring and tracking badger crime across England and Wales. They work closely with the police to follow ongoing investigations and assist as needed. This ensures that no case slips through the cracks, giving the best chance to achieve more wildlife crime prosecutions.

By reporting badger crime the information you provide could help investigators bring offenders to justice. Your reports support vital campaigning work calling for changes to the law to improve the lives of thousands of animals.

If you see a badger crime or suspicious incident in progress:

  1. call 999 and ask for police assistance

  2. ensure you get a reference number for your call

  3. report the incident here on our website using our online form

If you discover a badger crime that has already happened:

  1. call the police on their non-emergency number 101

  2. ensure you get a reference number for your call

  3. report the incident here on our website using our online form

In all cases, keep yourself safe and do not approach or disturb the scene.

Further information

  • The Badger Trust receives hundreds of reports every year to its confidential reporting centre of wildlife crimes that involve badgers. It is estimated that over 30,000 badgers every year fall victim to wildlife crime, despite having one of the highest levels of protection under the law.

  • Wildlife crime has remained a prominent issue facing badgers and causes a large number of badger deaths each year. Very few end up being brought to justice, with outdoor crime scenes especially difficult. Badger Trust training for police forces in England and Wales aims to ensure that police officers arriving on the scene know how to identify a badger sett and evidence of badger crime.

  • The Badger Trust has provided training to police forces across England and Wales since 2017 and has been credited in recent success stories.

  • The Badger Trust and Naturewatch Foundation have also produced a publication, ‘The Persecution of Badgers: A Guide for Investigators in England and Wales.’

The Badger Trust, a registered charity, exists to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats. It is the leading voice for badgers and represents and supports around 60 local voluntary badger groups and thousands of supporters and followers.

The Badger Trust provides expert advice on all badger issues and works closely with the government, police, and other conservation organisations. It uses lawful means to campaign for the improved protection of badgers and is a member of Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime (PAW) and Wildlife and Countryside Link.

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