Interference with Badger Setts and SMR3
Jean Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
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Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
I know interferring with badger setts is illegal but blocking, netting and digging out is still common place practice with hunts despite the ban on hunting.
My questions are
I notice SMR3 contains a duty to monitor employs and sub-contractors. Would this duty extend to the actions of people invited on to their land?
Given these are breaches of cross compliance and farm subsidies come from the public purse can we be assured they woukd forfeit some if not all of their subsidies?
If so how can we inform you of landowners who tacitly invite (don’t ban) the hunt onto their land and hunt staff / terrier men then proceed to block entrances to badger setts, net entrances ot even dig out to a depth of several feet?
Are you able to send officers out to farms where this happens often?
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