In March 2007 we revealed DEFRA were involved in cruel snaring experiments to see if they could be used in any future badger cull. For years we have sent them reports showing the terrible injuries to snares cause to badgers, but they have never wanted to listen.

We can now reveal that DEFRA’s experiments showed that, ‘one in three badgers caught in “body snares” suffered “severe” injuries which breached the criteria for “humaneness”.’ *

Well done DEFRA, you have pointed out the bleedingly obvious and in doing so have, by your own admission, caused unnecessary suffering to badgers and wasted UK tax payers money in the process.

* Anon (2007), Trials of a body snare designed to catch and hold badgers, A Report to the Wildlife Species Conservation Division, Defra, 19 June 2007.