Animal baiting: 150 people involved in Northern Ireland, says USPCA
Date of alert:
Friday, 7 October 2022
Police Service of Northern Ireland
The USPCA has told BBC Spotlight its intelligence indicates there are 150 people actively involved in animal baiting in Northern Ireland.
Baiting involves deliberately setting up fights between hunting dogs and wild animals like foxes and badgers.
Baiting badgers is illegal because badgers are a protected species while foxes have no legal protection.
The charity believes there could be up to 14,000 cases of badger baiting in Northern Ireland each year.
For Exposed: Hunting With Dogs, BBC Spotlight joined USPCA (Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) investigators in September as they monitored alleged animal baiters.