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Just when you think humans can’t get any worse…

In Brentwood, England, school children were saved from a horrific sight to greet them first thing in the morning, when a quick-thinking member of the public spotted something awful swinging from a soccer goal opposite their school. He alerted the school’s caretaker who immediately went to investigate, finding a poor dead badger who had been strung up by the neck!

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A long piece of cord had been tied around the badger’s neck, the end of which was tied to a supporting pole. This animal was then left to die. It is unimaginable thinking of what this poor badger suffered and how long they might have struggled before succumbing.

The caretaker carefully took the poor badger down, spotting signs of bleeding from its nose and mouth. He immediately rang the RSPCA emergency line, and the incident is being treated as a violent, deliberate act of cruelty. Trainee RSPCA Inspector Ann Bennett said, “We’d like to get to the bottom of this sickening, deliberate act of cruelty to a wild animal.”

The RSPCA is now calling for information to be called in to their appeals line. Because of the location of the soccer goal, the culprit would have walked some distance carrying this poor badger. Someone must have seen something — we can’t let them get away with this!

Six days have now passed since this barbaric cruelty, and the person responsible for this needs to be found. Not only is this an act of the worst animal cruelty, but to deliberately leave this badger dying where young children would have seen him shows a truly sick mind. Under the Protection of Badgers Act, it is illegal to hurt, kill, or capture a badger. Offenders face up to six months in jail if they are caught.

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Care 2 has launched a petition demanding that Essex Police do everything within their power to find this awful excuse for a human. We can’t let this person go unpunished; who knows what else they might be capable of? Please sign the petition and help speak up for those who can’t defend themselves!

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