wildlife carers shocked to find badger killed by snare
carers from the Burnham-On-Sea area were shocked to find a badger
spotted on the side of a road near Weston on Thursday (28th April)
had died after being caught in a snare.
World Wildlife Rescue carers say it had suffered "horrific
Pauline Kidner, founder of Secret World Wildlife Rescue, tolod
Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This was an adult male who would have
suffered for several days until the snare severed the sternum
and spinal cord causing extreme pain."
snare was not attached to any securing line so it is assumed that
the badger must have struggled free or been caught on a drag snare
which is attached to a loose log."
"This is the second incredibly cruel incident in a matter
of months brought to the attention of Secret World."
a lactating female badger was found shot in March, again having
taken hours or days to die which would have meant that her dependent
cubs would have died too."
"Persecution of badgers has increased dramatically since
the culling programmes have been rolled out. The badger remains
a protected species and killing without a licence is illegal."
are indiscriminate and are a despicable way of trapping and injuring
any animal. No animal deserves to suffer in this way. We are appealing
to anyone with any knowledge of wildlife crime to report it to
their Police Wildlife Liaison Officer or the National Wildlife