Badger-baiting pair banned from keeping animals are caught with dogs. by Gordon Blackstock. A 34-year-old man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of badger baiting and animal cruelty offences. Robert King, from Motherwell, was sentenced at Lanark Sheriff Court after being found guilty of two charges under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. A 34-year-old man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of badger baiting and animal cruelty offences. Since 1992 it has been illegal to damage, destroy or block access to a badger sett, or to disturb badgers in their setts. Badgers were given some limited protection in 1973 but weaknesses in the law meant that badger setts were still being dug, bulldozed, blocked or the animals cruelly killed. The animal welfare charity’s inspectors set up wildlife cameras at the entrance of the sett to monitor for animal activity. These are abhorrent crimes and we are pleased King has been found guilty. One of the dogs has now recovered from its injuries Pic:SPCAKing was found guilty on 27 February 2020 of two counts under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and of causing an animal fight to take place, whereby one of the dogs was so severely injured it required to be euthanised, under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Trending. Sara Shaw, Head of Wildlife and Environmental Crime Unit said: “I welcome the conviction and sentence of Robert King and the message it sends to others who would cause such terrible and unnecessary suffering. A dog had to be put to sleep after a warped Motherwell man sent it down a badger-baiting sett. A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of offences linked to the cruel practice of badger baiting. We do not pre-moderate or monitor readers’ comments appearing on our websites, but we do post-moderate in response to complaints we receive or otherwise when a potential problem comes to our attention. Badger baiting was banned in 1835 along with other blood sports such as dog fighting and bear baiting. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. “I would like to thank Police Scotland and the Scottish SPCA for their part in investigating and gathering evidence of these offences. The court heard the pair also liked to trap cats and … If they have young, they will protect them to the death. This was identified as a chin guard as a common injury of badger baiting is to a dog’s lower jaw. This site uses cookies to store information on your computer. The terriers emerged from underground with severe injuries. A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of badger baiting and animal cruelty offences. August 28, 2017, 12:07 am Updated: August 28, 2017, 1:44 am. There were scars around its muzzle consistent with animal fighting injuries. “COPFS will continue to work to ensure those who participate in this barbaric practice are prosecuted and would encourage anyone who may have information on animal fighting to contact Police Scotland.”. ... A man is behind bars after filming distressing videos of two dogs being used for badger baiting. Twisted brute Robert King has been banned from keeping animals after he trained dogs for badger baiting 7 He trained dogs to fight so aggressively one … A man has been banned from keeping animals for life, two years after he was caught by police digging into an active badger sett. 'Horrific' badger baiting gang from Teesside banned from North Yorkshire for a year. The dogs had been fitted with locator collars to allow King to determine the location of the dogs whilst underground. The terriers, along with King’s lurcher, which was roaming freely, were seized by the Scottish SPCA. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. King’s two Jack Russell terriers were found to be underground in the tunnels of the badger sett - this tactic is known to be used by baiters to try and drive the badgers out so they can set larger dogs on them. The family of badgers who were targeted by King has gone on to produce cubs despite the traumatic incident. A man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of offences linked to the cruel practice of badger baiting. ONE man has been jailed and three others given suspended prison sentences after they were caught badger baiting in North Yorkshire. We may then apply our discretion under the user terms to amend or delete comments. By Katharine Hay Thursday, 26th November 2020, 4:03 pm A Motherwell man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of offences linked to badger baiting. Animal baiting was later banned … The Hartlepool four were found by North Yorkshire Police with an injured terrier deep inside a badger sett. Damien Sweeney from Mold was sentenced to 20 weeks and banned from keeping dogs for eight years. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. Rural police operation to make North Yorkshire a no-go... Appeal for information after analysis reveals buzzard... North Yorkshire Buzzard killed by combination of four... Man charged with Raptor Persecution crimes in Stewartry. NPCC Wildlife Crime and Rural Affairs Strategies, Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Poaching (Deer and Fish) and Hare Coursing, National Wildlife Crime Enforcer’s Conference. Damien Sweeney was sentenced to 20 weeks and banned from keeping dogs for eight years. Post moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. (News) by "Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)"; Business Business, international News, opinion and commentary General interest Animal welfare Two men have been given a five-year ban on keeping dogs after they pleaded guilty to offences relating to badger baiting in a Nottinghamshire village. Tag Archives: breached ban Multiple Species, Dogs, Wildlife crime, badger baiting, deer, foxes, working and service dogs. Data returned from the Piano 'meterActive/meterExpired' callback event. A father and son have been banned from keeping dogs for 10 years after being found guilty of the “barbaric” practice of badger baiting. There were rat-baitings, badger-baitings, dogfights, cockfights and other stomach-turning displays such as staged whippings of blind bears. Readers’ comments: You are personally liable for the content of any comments you upload to this website, so please act responsibly. ACTION ALERTS . Tonypandy, South Wales: Christian Latcham. A farm worker has been jailed for causing “gratuitous suffering” to animals by badger baiting. He added: “This case further highlights the significance of utilising our expertise to work in collaboration with Police Scotland to bring an organised animal fighters to justice. The other dog was taken to a Scottish SPCA animal rescue and rehoming centre for rehabilitation. King had sent two Jack Russell Terriers into the sett. The court made a deprivation order removing the surviving terrier and the lurcher from King’s ownership. The Scottish SPCA was called to provide assistance and when the terriers returned to the surface they were found to have injuries indicative of having fought with a badger. “Badgers are peaceful creatures and will only fight if cornered. Get involved with the news in your community, This website and associated newspapers adhere to the Independent Press Standards Organisation's Editors' Code of Practice. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Anyone with information about Grace or her owners should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018. “We are pleased that awareness of badger baiting and animal fighting among members of the public is increasing. "Dogs used in … “The law protects badgers from harm as well as dogs from being used for fighting. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? Sending a dog down in to a sett with a nursing female is incredibly dangerous, not only for the badger but for the dog, as we’ve seen in this case.". Badger baiting was banned in the UK in 1835. A 34-year-old man has been banned from keeping animals for life after being found guilty of badger baiting and animal cruelty offences. The practice of baiting of animals is now specifically forbidden under the Protection of Animals Act 1911. The next step must be for the heinous practice of fox digging and baiting to be outlawed. Our officers attended, contacted the Scottish SPCA and worked alongside them to secure evidence, searched King's address and reported this to the Procurator Fiscal. The sick blood sport sees a dog sent into a sett to flush out a badger. Latcham has a previous conviction for badger baiting in 2011 and has been banned indefinitely from keeping dogs. If you are dissatisfied with the response provided you can contact IPSO here, Man who trained dogs to fight banned from keeping animals. Small terriers, are sent into a badger sett to locate a badger and hold it in position. The cameras captured two badger cubs emerging from the sett. Robert King, 33, of Scotia Street, Motherwell, was caught by police at the site of a badger den with digging tools and dogs. "I hope this shows we take wildlife crime seriously and we would always encourage the public to contact us if they believe wildlife crime is happening in their area.". The handler digs the badger out and it is killed. King was also ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and given a Restriction of Liberty Order for a seven-month period. Sign our petition: "Irish Government: Save foxes and dogs from horrific cruelty" Tweet READ MORE: Man who trained dogs to fight banned from keeping animals. Badger baiting was banned in 1835 along with other blood sports such as dog fighting and bear baiting. Badger digging - which sees dogs sent into a sett to locate a badger … A man has been banned from keeping animals for life, two years after he was caught by police digging into an active badger sett. Badger baiting was outlawed in the United Kingdom as early as 1835, with the Cruelty to Animals Act. The court heard that the police caught King in the act of digging into an active badger sett in woodland near Carluke Train Station on 25 April 2018. Inspector Ross McCallum, of Lanark's Community Policing Team, said: "This is an example of how partnership working between Police Scotland and the Scottish SPCA can make a difference and be effective. One of the terriers was so severely injured that it had to be euthanised. One of the dogs was found to be so badly hurt it later had to be put down. You can make a complaint by using the ‘report this post’ link . Badger baiting, dog fighting and cock fighting are already illegal in Ireland. Badger digging - which sees dogs sent into a sett to locate a badger and alert its handler who will then dig down to the tunnel to remove the badger - was banned in 1973. District Judge Gwyn Jones told him he had caused gratuitous suffering, adding: "It's hard to understand, with badger baiting being illegal since the 1830s… Cyle Jones was part of the … Free Online Library: 'Horrific' badger baiting gang from Teesside banned from North Yorkshire for a year; The Hartlepool four were found by North Yorkshire Police with an injured terrier deep inside a badger sett. Badger persecution has been classified as a priority for the past nine years by the National Wildlife Crime Unit. If you suspect someone of badger baiting or interfering with a sett call the RSPCA's emergency hotline on 0300 1234 999. Robert King, from Motherwell, was sentenced on 26th November 2020, at Lanark Sheriff Court after being found guilty of two charges under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Robert King had sent two Jack Russell Terriers into a sett after digging it … The Murrays were convicted in 2014 of badger baiting and are banned from keeping animals until 2024. Badgers have since been granted further protection by the Protection of Badgers Act 1992. These are required to enhance the website and for Google Analytics. Campaigners have warned badger-baiting, which has been banned since 1835, and other forms of animal cruelty are still rife. 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A man has been banned from keeping animals for life, two years after he was caught by police digging into an active badger sett. The RSPCA said badger baiting was banned in England in 1835 while digging - where dogs are sent into a sett to locate a badger and alert its handler - was banned in 1973. Police Scotland found a black lurcher type dog in King’s car. January 15, 2011 misanthropic Leave a comment. A Scottish SPCA SIU undercover inspector said, “It was wonderful to see the badgers had protected their cubs from what could have been a devastating incident. Robert King, from Motherwell, was sentenced on 26th November 2020, at Lanark Sheriff Court after being found guilty of two charges under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 and a charge under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. “Badger mothers are vicious when they have young. #TheList wildlife persecutor Christian Latcham, born c. 1987, of Morton Terrace, Tonypandy, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 2DP A man has been banned from keeping animals for life, two years after he was caught by police digging into an active badger sett. "We initially received reports that a man was digging a badger sett with the intention of using dogs to bait and then kill badgers. Badger Baiting was made illegal in 1835 and is currently an offence under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, but it has never died out. They were both wearing tracking collars and one had a metal face guards. 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