Police have arrested three people in dawn raids aimed at tackling badger baiting. A series of warrants were executed on Merseyside on Thursday morning in an operation against those suspected of being involved in wildlife crime.
The investigation was led by North Wales Police with involvement from colleagues at Merseyside Police. The Liverpool Echo understands a number of items linked to badger baiting were seized in the operation. The three people arrested were this morning being quizzed by detectives on alleged offences committed in North Wales.
The number of badger baiting and digging crimes, which leave the badger outnumbered by dogs and usually savaged to death, is on the rise according to the RSPCA.
Although badger fighting – traditionally pitting badgers against each another in a pit – was outlawed in the UK in 1835, people have found new ways to engineer the bloody sport. Offenders use bull lurchers, a cross between the lurcher and the illegal pit bull, for dragging badgers out of their setts with their strong jaws, or lamping – taking large game above ground including deer and foxes, using whistles and torches.
They also use terriers to find badgers in their sett, dig down and hold them in position, ready for a fight.
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