To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what resources his Department has allocated to support efforts to prevent (a) badger-baiting and (b) cock-fighting.
Badger baiting and cockfighting are illegal activities. It is an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 to cruelly ill-treat a badger and it is an offence under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to cause or attempt to cause animal fighting. Enforcing these controls, and allocating the necessary resources, is a matter for the relevant authorities.
DEFRA is committed to tackling wildlife crime and works hard to support law enforcement agencies in their work through the Partnership for Action Against Wildlife Crime. The Partnership seeks to reduce wildlife crime through effective and targeted enforcement, better regulation and improved awareness.