Lancashire Badger Group calls for protection from residents

Chorley Citizen: Lancashire Badger Group calls for protection from residents Lancashire Badger Group calls for protection from residents

A WILDLIFE group wants the public to help protect ‘persecuted’ badgers by reporting any suspicious activity.

Lancashire Badger Group is writing to residents living in areas where badgers have been targeted and, as part of the Hotspot Letter campaign, wants wildlife lovers to keep watch as the baiting season gets under way this month.

The group wants to protect areas where repeat incidents are occurring and although they did not want to reveal exact locations of setts, they said incidents take place across East Lancashire, with the majority in Burnley.

Badger baiting involves digging a badger out of its sett and then fighting it against dogs. As well as disturbing the animal, the badger is usually disabled to ensure the dog wins.

Figures for 2013 from the Lancashire Badger Group show they dealt with 21 incidents of badger persecution of which eight were badgers being dug out of their setts.

Ian Scott, sett protection officer with Lancashire Badger Group, said volunteers will also be delivering letters to areas where badgers have been baited or dazzled with bright lights, known as ‘lamping’.

He said: “It is hoped by expanding our surveillance and monitoring of badgers we can reduce badger baiting and other associated crime to a minimum.

“Utilising members of the public to look out and report suspicious activity will increase our chances of preventing wildlife crime.

“People think it is an obsolete Victorian concept, but unfortunately the activity is alive and well. We see many incidents in East Lancashire and they tend to happen mostly in Burnley.

“It is an ongoing and annual problem but we aim to tackle it and ask for as much public help as possible.”

Badgers tend to spend longer underground throughout the winter and early spring period so the baiting season tends to start in December and continue until the warmer weather.

The presence of cubs will also ensure the adult badger will put up a greater fight to protect their young.

Anyone aware of criminal activity regarding wildlife is urged to contact police on 101. Also, contact the Lancashire Badger Group in confidence on 0844 8707908.

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1:23pm Sat 14 Dec 13

blackburnwithdarwen says...

It is most important that this advice is carried out. There are some really sick people out their who delight in inflicting horror to defenceless beings. Animals on the whole are not treated with the respect they deserve. The lucky ones are those who live amongst us within their own environment, very difficult where the human race has stamped it’s biased ownership. Some are kept as pets where they have to fit in with their owners needs. Others are the unfortunate ones, produced for food within the most inhuman environments imaginable.

So, please give them some respect for being able to survive in this cruel world we live in. If you know who these sick people are report them without delay. If there really is a God out there I‘m sure he‘ll give you some good marks for doing so in the next world. A New Years Resolution maybe, treat animals with the respect they deserve!
It is most important that this advice is carried out. There are some really sick people out their who delight in inflicting horror to defenceless beings. Animals on the whole are not treated with the respect they deserve. The lucky ones are those who live amongst us within their own environment, very difficult where the human race has stamped it’s biased ownership. Some are kept as pets where they have to fit in with their owners needs. Others are the unfortunate ones, produced for food within the most inhuman environments imaginable. So, please give them some respect for being able to survive in this cruel world we live in. If you know who these sick people are report them without delay. If there really is a God out there I‘m sure he‘ll give you some good marks for doing so in the next world. A New Years Resolution maybe, treat animals with the respect they deserve! blackburnwithdarwen

12:36am Sun 15 Dec 13

bigdee123 says...

sick,spineles cowards.
sick,spineles cowards. bigdee123

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