RSPCA warning as badger is freed from snare

By GEM Staff Reporter in Local People

A badger had a lucky escape after being rescued by RSPCA Cymru on February 5, it has been reported.

The cruel and indiscriminate nature of snares has been highlighted by the charity after a badger became trapped in a device in a Barry field.

A spokesperson said: “The device was not a self-locking snare, which is illegal. However, it is an offence, under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, to wilfully injure, kill or take a badger (except under licence).

“Badgers are also listed under Schedule 6 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which would make the use of a snare to catch badgers an offence.

“A member of the public initially thought the badger was foraging by the fence, but later found it to be trapped.”

The snare had become caught around the badger’s neck, with wounds visible on the animal’s body. The badger was taken to a veterinary practice, where the snare was removed and it was given antibiotics and painkillers before being released back to the wild.

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