Help keep One Green Planet free and independent! Together we can ensure our platform remains a hub for empowering ideas committed to fighting for a sustainable, healthy, and compassionate world. Please support us in keeping our mission strong.
The Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) found that there are over 150 people actively involved in animal baiting in Northern Ireland.
The organization told BBC Spotlight that there could be up to 14,000 cases of badger baiting in Northern Ireland each year. Baiting is deliberately setting up fights between hunting dogs and wild animals such as foxes and badgers.
Baiting badgers is illegal because badgers are a protected species but unfortunately, baiting foxes is not illegal as those animals still have yet to have any legal protection.
BBC Spotlight and the USPCA teamed in a program called Exposed: Hunting With Dogs to investigate and monitor alleged animal baiters. The program shows a deep and dark online world where people share photos and videos of horrifically injured dogs and their innocent prey.
“While fox hunting is legal the chances of a badger baiting conviction are undermined, because there is the defence, the cloak of ‘well, I was just out hunting foxes’, whereas in fact it was badgers that they were hunting,” he said.
In 2021, a bill was put forth by an Alliance MLA and would have closed the loophole by banning all hunting with dogs in Northern Ireland. Unfortunately, the bill did not pass.
There are existing laws in the rest of the UK that ban hunting with dogs, so why can’t Northern Ireland? BBC Spotlight, Exposed: Hunting With Dogs is available to watch on the BBC iPlayer.
- Badger Baiting Is Illegal in the UK, But These Hunters Still Subjected Their Dog to Horrific Injuries
- Want to Save Our Planet? Stop Trophy Hunting.
- How to Humanely Protect Your Garden from Moles, Voles, Gophers, and More
- Who Decides How Your State’s Wildlife is Treated?
- 9 Bills That Will Destroy Montana’s Wildlife
Easy Ways to Help the Planet:
- Eat Less Meat: Download Food Monster, the largest plant-based Recipe app on the App Store to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy. You can also buy a hard or soft copy of our favorite vegan cookbooks.
- Reduce Your Fast Fashion Footprint: Take the initiative by standing up against fast fashion Pollution and supporting sustainable and circular brands like Tiny Rescue that are raising awareness around important issues through recycled zero-waste clothing designed to be returned and remade over and over again.
- Support Independent Media: Being publicly funded gives us a greater chance to continue providing you with high-quality content. Please consider supporting us by donating!
- Sign a Petition: Your voice matters! Help turn petitions into victories by signing the latest list of must-sign petitions to help people, animals, and the planet.
- Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest news and important stories involving animals, the environment, sustainable living, food, health, and human interest topics by subscribing to our newsletter!
- Do What You Can: Reduce waste, plant trees, eat local, travel responsibly, reuse stuff, say no to single-use plastics, recycle, vote smart, switch to cold water laundry, divest from fossil fuels, save water, shop wisely, Donate if you can, grow your own food, volunteer, conserve energy, compost, and don’t forget about the microplastics and microbeads lurking in common household and personal care products!