Justice for Badger Allegedly Left to Bleed to Death in Trap

Target: Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), United Kingdom

Goal: End the inhumane trapping of badgers in rural areas in the United Kingdom.

Under the ongoing badger cull in the United Kingdom, up to 33,000 badgers may lose their lives in the next six weeks in what scientists claim is an ineffective attempt to control bovine tuberculosis. An unknown number of badgers could be left to suffer for hours on end in traps, as shown in the recent case of a badger that was discovered having allegedly bled to death in Devon.

Animal activists discovered the injured badger in the middle of the day, after he had apparently wandered into the trap some time overnight, when badgers are most active. They claim that the animal was still warm to the touch, indicating he had struggled in agony for many hours, injuring himself further in the process before he allegedly bled to death as a result.

Under U.K. law, wild animals cannot be made to suffer unnecessary pain when “under the control of man,” including when trapped. This badger’s death highlights the fact that there is no humane way to trap these creatures. Sign this petition to demand justice for this innocent badger and that Defra put an immediate end to the trapping of badgers nationwide and pursue alternatives to controlling the spread of bovine tuberculosis.


Dear Secretary Moriarty,

Tens of thousands of badgers will likely die as a result of the cull currently taking place in the United Kingdom. The trapping of badgers, even to vaccinate and release them, has been shown to be grossly inhumane, as shown in the case of a badger discovered in Devon that had apparently bled to death after spending hours suffering inside a trap. While those responsible for not promptly checking these traps should be held accountable, the practice as a whole is unethical, and impractical according to scientific research.

Trapping badgers is not the most effective way to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Instead, this practice may introduce the disease to new locations through disrupting badger populations and forcing them out of their homes. We urge your department to seek more humane alternatives, such as recommending that farmers vaccinate their cattle instead.


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  1. Wendy Cunningham says:

    Poor badger would love to get hold of person respinsible!!

  2. This is inhumane! Always animals suffer at the hands of mankind! For they are clueless! Poor badgers!

  3. Killing these beautiful badgers is horrible.

  4. Jeannette Allan says:

    The degraded psychopath who did this should be punished as a felon… inhuman detritus will reap Karma.

  5. Kathy Khoshfahm says:

    Clare – Planet Earth is home to a diversity of Life, not just human Life, and all Life should be respected. The Badger who stumbled upon this trap and bled to death had just as much a right as we do to live its life on this Planet, free from torture and murder at the hands of humans. Culling a species, for whatever reason, is never the answer. Please use your power and position to put an end to the senseless trapping of the Animal Kingdom, whom by the way are citizens of this Earth too.

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