Animal activists in Cirencester angry badger setts in Pinbury Park found to be illegally filled in

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Animal rights campaigner Mike Haines at the blocked sett in Pinbury Park Animal rights campaigner Mike Haines at the blocked sett in Pinbury Park

BADGERS in Cirencester are at risk of suffocating after a number of setts in the town have been illegally blocked.

Animal activists in the town have launched a scathing attack on the perpetrators following the discovery of the disturbed setts in Pinbury Park on Monday, February 3.

Mike Haines, a Cirencester-based animal rights campaigner who spent last autumn patrolling the Gloucestershire badger cull, said situations like this are becoming more and more common.

“I am anti animal cruelty. This just shouldn’t be allowed to happen anywhere but you find that it is happening all the time,” he said.

“Whoever is responsible for this purposely dug all the soil into the sett. Give me a good reason why any set should be blocked. The people who did this should be allowed in the countryside.”

Mr Haines said that there is no chance of this happening accidentally as the setts are located close to a public footpath.

The Bathurst Estate, which owns Pinbury Park, has also slammed the actions of those who tampered with the setts.

“We were not aware that this had taken place but we absolutely do not condone this. It is against the law,” said Edward Allsop, resident agent at the Bathurst Estate.

Officers from Gloucestershire Police were called to investigate the setts at around 1.40pm on Monday, February 3.

A spokesman for the force said a wildlife specialist has since attended the scene and advised the tenants of what had been going on.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 226 of February 3.

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4:58pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Jessica Rabbit says...

Anyone with any information is urged to call the police??? WHY??? So the police can do sod all?? A fox was chased and ripped apart in a residential street last week and the police have done NOTHING. Whoever is responsible for this disgraceful act and whoever is responsible for the fox hunt last week should be named and shamed... then they should be given a huge fine and a jail sentence for inhumane acts of cruelty to animals.
Anyone with any information is urged to call the police??? WHY??? So the police can do sod all?? A fox was chased and ripped apart in a residential street last week and the police have done NOTHING. Whoever is responsible for this disgraceful act and whoever is responsible for the fox hunt last week should be named and shamed... then they should be given a huge fine and a jail sentence for inhumane acts of cruelty to animals. Jessica Rabbit

7:36am Fri 21 Feb 14

Josephine Public says...

You mention a foxhunt last week but the Standard can't make up its mind when it did happen and quotes someone "who does not wish to be named" ... not totally reliable to bring that one up I think. Either shoddy journalism from the Standard or it didn't happen ...
You mention a foxhunt last week but the Standard can't make up its mind when it did happen and quotes someone "who does not wish to be named" ... not totally reliable to bring that one up I think. Either shoddy journalism from the Standard or it didn't happen ... Josephine Public

12:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

foxhuntingisillegal says...

Re. above comment re. last week's bad publicity for hunt - people do not wish to be named as there is so much intimidation from hunt personnel. Also, it was stated that it happened on Monday. But I agree that it was shoddy journalism not to know the name of the hunt - Cirencester has it's very own local one.

But getting back to this week's bad publicity for local hunt - the article should mention that hunts routinely block badger setts (and fox earths) as they are not prepared to give the exhausted fox the slightest chance of escaping an appalling death. Also, there is film of the local hunt (VWH)passing by this sett on the day it was blocked.

Just as a point of information, the people who found this sett would more accurately be described as hunt monitors - not extremists and or engaged in criminal activity. These people give up their time to gain photographic evidence of illegal hunting - something which takes place day in and day out in this supposedly civilised country.

Wonder if the hunt will manage to get through another week without some appalling act featuring in the local press.
Re. above comment re. last week's bad publicity for hunt - people do not wish to be named as there is so much intimidation from hunt personnel. Also, it was stated that it happened on Monday. But I agree that it was shoddy journalism not to know the name of the hunt - Cirencester has it's very own local one. But getting back to this week's bad publicity for local hunt - the article should mention that hunts routinely block badger setts (and fox earths) as they are not prepared to give the exhausted fox the slightest chance of escaping an appalling death. Also, there is film of the local hunt (VWH)passing by this sett on the day it was blocked. Just as a point of information, the people who found this sett would more accurately be described as hunt monitors - not extremists and or engaged in criminal activity. These people give up their time to gain photographic evidence of illegal hunting - something which takes place day in and day out in this supposedly civilised country. Wonder if the hunt will manage to get through another week without some appalling act featuring in the local press. foxhuntingisillegal

12:37pm Fri 21 Feb 14

foxhuntingisillegal says...

As for Bathurst not knowing anything about it - well, it is they who give the hunt permission to go on their land. I think they are very familiar with the disgusting practices adopted by hunts. We may be plebs but we are not stupid.
As for Bathurst not knowing anything about it - well, it is they who give the hunt permission to go on their land. I think they are very familiar with the disgusting practices adopted by hunts. We may be plebs but we are not stupid. foxhuntingisillegal

3:57pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Fairone says...

It's time these hunts disbanded. They have no regard for flora or fauna. This countryside belongs to all of us and they are causing havoc within it. Their poor dogs often look emaciated and exhausted and are often seen running out onto roads posing danger to themselves and people. Hopefully the police are now becoming a little more proactive with these hunts and their illegal and dangerous activities.
It's time these hunts disbanded. They have no regard for flora or fauna. This countryside belongs to all of us and they are causing havoc within it. Their poor dogs often look emaciated and exhausted and are often seen running out onto roads posing danger to themselves and people. Hopefully the police are now becoming a little more proactive with these hunts and their illegal and dangerous activities. Fairone

11:35am Sat 22 Feb 14

zer()cool says...

Fairone wrote:
It's time these hunts disbanded. They have no regard for flora or fauna. This countryside belongs to all of us and they are causing havoc within it. Their poor dogs often look emaciated and exhausted and are often seen running out onto roads posing danger to themselves and people. Hopefully the police are now becoming a little more proactive with these hunts and their illegal and dangerous activities.
"This countryside belongs to all of us" you are joking right?...the only people who own the countryside are the rich & privileged, do you really think they give a **** about what you think, or what they should, or should not do...makes me laugh, it's all an illusion, you do not own or have a right to anything in this country, if the rich & privileged wish "one" to be hunting, "one" will hunt...no court or power in the UK will stop them either.
[quote][p][bold]Fairone[/bold] wrote: It's time these hunts disbanded. They have no regard for flora or fauna. This countryside belongs to all of us and they are causing havoc within it. Their poor dogs often look emaciated and exhausted and are often seen running out onto roads posing danger to themselves and people. Hopefully the police are now becoming a little more proactive with these hunts and their illegal and dangerous activities.[/p][/quote]"This countryside belongs to all of us" you are joking right?...the only people who own the countryside are the rich & privileged, do you really think they give a **** about what you think, or what they should, or should not do...makes me laugh, it's all an illusion, you do not own or have a right to anything in this country, if the rich & privileged wish "one" to be hunting, "one" will hunt...no court or power in the UK will stop them either. zer()cool

3:17pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Wilsav says...

Foxhuntingisillegal is correct when they say hunts still regularly block setts so the fox can't escape down one ,
Foxhuntingisillegal is correct when they say hunts still regularly block setts so the fox can't escape down one , Wilsav

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