Badger killer faces Christmas in prison as Badger Trust hopes for custodial sentence

Updated: Oct 9, 2021

A Caerphilly man faces Christmas in prison after he was convicted of hunting and killing a badger. After a trial at Newport Magistrates’ Court, Dewi James Price, 39, of New Tredegar, Caerphilly, was also found guilty of offences against red kites.

Price, who describes himself on social media as a 'redhead terrierman' and 'Dewi the Digger', was found guilty of killing a badger in the Builth Wells area of Powys on 18 February 2018 and is due to be sentenced on 23 December 2020.

Craig Fellowes, Badger Trust Crime Officer commented:

‘We commend the excellent work done by the police and the RSPCA. At a time when convictions for wildlife crime in the UK remain shockingly low, this is a great outcome. We hope Price receives a custodial sentence at his sentencing hearing next week to clearly signal that these horrific crimes against wildlife will not go unpunished.’

Badgers are the UK’s most demonised protected species, with badger crime a UK Wildlife Crime Priority for over ten years because of the scale of persecution. A recent report stated that a minimum of 270 incidents of illegal badger persecution were reported to police forces in 2019 in England and Wales. The Badger Trust knows that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and fears that thousands of crimes are unreported or unrecognised.

‘The Badger Trust is fighting back against badger crime,’ Fellowes continued. ‘We will keep raising awareness by helping the public to recognise, record and report badger crime and suspicious incidents. And in 2021 we are rolling out even more of our badger crime training courses for police forces, plus specialised training sessions for our affiliated badger groups throughout England and Wales.’

How you can help us stop badger crime

At the Badger Trust we have an experienced Crime Team dedicated to monitoring and tracking badger crime across England and Wales. They work closely with the police to follow ongoing investigations and assist as needed. This ensures that no case slips through the cracks, giving the best chance to achieve more wildlife crime prosecutions.

By reporting badger crime the information you provide could help investigators bring offenders to justice. Your reports support vital campaigning work calling for changes to the law to improve the lives of thousands of animals.

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