Scotland’s badgers are the most protected badgers in the UK. Through changes to the law in 2004 & 2011 a much wider culpability was introduced and if you have to deal with badgers or their setts you should become familiar with the law relating to them. You can download a copy of The Protection of Badgers Act.
The law is quite clear. It is an offence intentionally or recklessly to:-
- kill, injure, take, possess or cruelly ill-treat a badger or to attempt to do so
- interfere with a sett by damaging or destroying it
- obstruct access to, or any entrance of, a badger sett
- disturb a badger whilst it is occupying a sett
- cause a dog to enter a sett
- sell a live badger or offer one for sale or possess a live badger
- be in possession or control of a dead badger or anything derived from a dead badger
or to attempt to do any of these things. Often people take the law into their own hands when a badger becomes a nuisance but the law clearly allows for certain actions to be carried out under licence. In these instances the correct advice should be sought.