Record fine over badger killings

Posted in August 2009

A man has received a record £3,500 fine after he pled guilty to killing four badgers by capturing them in snares and shooting them in the head.

Anthony Rodgers, 57, of Breconside Farm, Moffat, admitted that between 1 January and 4 April 2008 he set snares near a badger set at Crockett Wood.

He also admitted failing to check the snares between 2 and 4 April.

The Scottish SPCA described the crime as "horrific" and welcomed the fine imposed at Dumfries Sheriff Court.

Scottish SPCA Ch Supt Mike Flynn said: "Overall, we believe that snaring is a cruel and indiscriminate practice which causes a great deal of unnecessary suffering in Scotland

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