Badger cruelty prosecutions almost double in 5 years

Cruelty to badgers is increasing. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The number of people prosecuted for cruelty to badgers has almost doubled in five years, figures show.

In 2007, 30 people were prosecuted in magistrates courts under the Protection of Badgers Act and by 2011 that figure had risen to 58, the figures obtained through a parliamentary question reveal.

The number prosecuted for crimes such as badger baiting has increased each year with only a slight drop in 2010, to 48 from 50 in 2009, bucking the rising trend of cruelty cases.