The Barbaric and the Bizarre

Posted: October 4, 2016 in Comment
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After I’ve returned from my few days each week in the North Cots cull zone I take a little time to contemplate and analyse what has been occurring and see if I can make any sense of it. The last outing stood out due to two incidents, one which was hugely saddening and another which was just bizarre.

If you’ve been keeping up to date with things on social media you may be aware of the badger we found that have been caught in a snare. Now while the snare was of the free running type and thus technically legal they are still barbaric, indiscriminate and cause horrendous injuries to the animals caught in them. What was more insidious (and possibly illegal) in this case was its placement, no more than 20 metres from a sett and close to where badgers would access the nearby fields. Best practice (what a joke eh) guidelines state snares have to be checked every morning first thing and non-target species released although I doubt any gamekeeper would attempt to release an angry badger, it’s fate would most likely be terminal.

As is the case here these guidelines are often ignored which means any animal caught will suffer a drawn out and painful death. We cannot comprehend the suffering involved. The injuries suffered by this poor badger meant there was only one humane option. Thanks to everyone who came to our aid and the Vale Wildlife Rescue for compassionately ending it’s suffering. We are currently in discussion with Gloucestershire Badger Trust and the local police about the device although I doubt anyone will be brought to justice.

If you ever find an animal trapped in a snare please don’t attempt to free it yourself. We had the relevant restraining poles, cutters, covers and boxes needed to effect the rescue along with the relevant animal handling experience. Contact your nearest wildlife rescue immediately and stay with the animal. If possible try and cover it to keep it as calm as you can while you wait.

If you find any snares on your travels please make an informed decision on what you should do with them.

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Why aren’t snares banned?

Next up was a story broken once again by Stop the Cull (see here). It was predicted early on in the cull that the culling companies had limited resources at their disposal and this included the cages used to trap badgers. It’s been well publicised that activists are finding and neutralising cages in large numbers, but these numbers seem to have been dropping off over the last few days however the discovery of cages which had previously been ‘pixied’* and then crudely repaired perhaps sheds some more light on the matter.

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Clearly not going to catch anything.

Are the culling companies so short of cages they are resorting to these drastic measures? Obviously these cages wouldn’t function as intended although they were still baited and set to trap. Some were held together with wire and bailing twine, some quite frankly looked so ridiculous one wonders why they bothered. Whatever the mindset of the person wasting their time with these devices they aren’t going to catch any badgers. As Stop the Cull say, it really is a tragic farce and time Natural England stepped in to end it.

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Well pixied, broken welds held together with string & wire.

We’re into the final days in the original cull zones but the new areas have no real time limit and can go on well into the winter. Our best hope now is the arrival of cold weather which will limit the badgers activity above ground. There’s still time for you to get over there and save lives. Shooters are still being found and seen off regularly and no doubt there’s probably a few more bits of metal for the pixies to reshape.

* Pixied is a term meaning the woodland dwelling forest pixies had found and squashed the cage.

Comments
  1. Any sub-human filth that indulges in harming beautiful animals in this way should be locked away for life as they do not deserve the privilege of sharing the same world.

  2. Claire says:

    Leave the wildlife alone ppl hunt foxes badgers they destroy homes get run over hedgehogs are threatened bees they shot our birds of pray an destroy nest, shot our deer whats bloody wrong with ppl we won’t have any left soon 😠

  3. Marcia says:

    The people who cull badgers are probably the same Morans who fox hunt, deer stalk, hare course and also dog bait they are all blood thirsty moronic imbeciles who seem to think it makes them more of a man. But they in fact makes them the most cowardist sub humans still breathing. What goes around comes around. Karma.

  4. Sickening. So tragic and wrong. But there will sadly always be sub-human morons who will do anything for either money or their own sick kicks. Brilliant that there are so many pixies out there, doing all they can to make it hard for the monsters. Inspiring people.

  5. Maureen Vaughan says:

    Heartbreaking!!!!!! Cruel and completely unnecessary. It doesn’t work because badgers are not the cause. Poor bio security and bad farming management in the moving of cattle are to blame. Ask the scientists!!!!!!

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