Badger Trust calls for Animal Crime to be included in Online Safety Bill

Call for Government to recognise the link between cyber-enabled wildlife crime and badger persecution and the harm caused to society.


In the UK’s first major exploration of the link between cyber-enabled wildlife crime and badger baiting, Badger Trust shines a spotlight on the role of the internet in enabling the organisation of violent crimes against badgers and the harms that they cause. As a result, Badger Trust is calling on the Government to include badger baiting, alongside other crimes against animals, in the Online Safety Bill, which is being debated in Parliament in the coming weeks.


Online Safety Bill does not list animal cruelty offences or wildlife crime as harmful or illegal activities despite the harm witnessing animal abuse causes


The Bill seeks to establish an accountability framework for online technology companies to better protect users from illegal and harmful content encountered on online platforms. Yet, at present, the Bill does not list animal cruelty offences or wildlife crime as harmful or illegal activities, despite the interconnection between badger baiting and violent crimes against humans and the psychological harm witnessing animal abuse causes.


As the leading voice for badgers in England and Wales, Badger Trust urges the Government to recognise the link between cyber-enabled wildlife crime and badger persecution and the harm these activities cause to society.

Crimes against badgers are some of the most commonly shared animal crimes on platforms such as TikTok

Peter Hambly, Executive Director of Badger Trust, commented: “The sharing of horrific crimes against animals has exploded online in recent years.”


“Crimes against badgers, such as badger baiting, are some of the most commonly shared animal crimes on platforms such as TikTok.”

“The Online Safety Bill needs to address this to better protect badgers and the predominantly young people being exposed to these horrific crimes. Tougher controls and sentences are needed to stop this gr