Badger Trust - Sussex
Registered Charity No. 1113434
Badger Hotline: 07910 198720
Badger digging has been practised in this country since the Middle Ages and sadly, today there are still people who indulge in this cruel "sport". It involves men who send dogs into a sett to locate and corner the badger. Using radio equipment to locate their dogs, the men dig into the sett and drag the terrified animal out, normally to a cruel death.
Today there is another human threat to the badger population, from road traffic. There are increasing numbers of badgers being killed on our roads as the number of cars increases.
Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 it is an offence to kill, injure or take a badger, to dig for a badger, or to to attempt any of these actions. Interfering with a badger sett (for example by damaging a sett or causing a dog to enter a sett) is also illegal under the Act. It is also an offence to possess a dead badger which has been acquired illegally or to try to sell or keep a live badger.
A fine of up to £5000 and/or six months imprisonment can be imposed for each separate offence committed against each animal. The courts can also confiscate any dogs and equipment used in offences against badgers and disqualify the offender from owning a dog.