I got into an argument over lunch with an anti yesterday, she struggled to understand how it was not possible to fence off the entire country so badgers and cows could be separated! These people have no conception of practicality or basic economics !
Anyway today I thought I would have a close look at the current legislation.
I have copied the below from the Badger Protection Act 1992
I think its written in English, hard to tell!
Incidentally I do not have a chicken coup or any chickens!
But if I did and a badger rocked up unexpectedly (and I guess if it hadn't happened before no licence application would have been made) and starts killing the chickens could I go out and shoot it legally?
Exceptions from s. 1.
(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, a person is not guilty of an offence under section 1(1) above by reason of—
(a)killing or taking, or attempting to kill or take, a badger; or
(b)injuring a badger in the course of taking it or attempting to kill or take it,
if he shows that his action was necessary for the purpose of preventing serious damage to land, crops, poultry or any other form of property.(2)The defence provided by subsection (1) above does not apply in relation to any action taken at any time if it had become apparent, before that time, that the action would prove necessary for the purpose there mentioned and either—
(a)a licence under section 10 below authorising that action had not been applied for as soon as reasonably practicable after that fact had become apparent; or
(b)an application for such a licence had been determined.
Link to full document is here:- http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/51/contents