Badgers: Animal Welfare

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 30th January 2017.

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Photo of Derek Thomas Derek Thomas Conservative, St Ives

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to prevent badger baiting.

Photo of Therese Coffey Therese Coffey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 prohibits activities associated with badger baiting. The main offences under the 1992 Act carry heavy penalties, including an unlimited fine and/or up to six months’ imprisonment. Badger persecution is one of the six wildlife crime priorities for the UK and is subject to a prevention, intelligence and enforcement plan led at Chief Constable level. The National Wildlife Crime Unit, which Defra helps fund, works to prevent and detect wildlife crime, including badger baiting.

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