Justice For The Cruel Badger Baiting in North Wales

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David Thomas, 51, master at the Dwyryd Hunt in north Wales, was convicted last week at Llandudno Magistrates Court of causing unnecessary suffering to a badger by making it fight with dogs at his kennels at Cwm Bowydd Farm in Blaenau Ffestiniog - the hunt’s kennels. 

Thomas was also found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two foxes by keeping them caged close to dogs which left them terrified and further animal welfare allegations, according to local newspaper reports. 

In modern times, badger baiting has come into popularity amongst blood sport fans. In badger baiting terriers are typically involved in the digging and are sent into badger setts with radio collars to locate the badgers.  The signal from the radio collar is then tracked from above and the group will dig down into the sett to locate the badgers.

​Once the badger has been captured the real horror begins. It will then be forced to fight with large, powerful dogs.  During these fights, it is not uncommon for there to be two or more dogs in the ring with the badger. Once the badger has been overpowered by the dogs it is usually either killed by the dogs or beaten to death by the offenders.  It is the strength, courage, and family loyalty of the badger that ensures it continues to be a target. 

 Badgers are not the only victims of badger baiting.  The dogs used in the fighting are also innocent victims. They suffer horrific injuries and are often not taken to a vet for treatment. Instead offenders either treat the dog themselves, abandon, or kill the dog if they are too badly injured and puts the owner at risk of prosecution for cruelty.

Sentencing will take place on Monday, 5 February 2018 but we also demand the shutdown of Dwyryd Hunt.