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Brighton badger dies after being repeatedly shot by yobs
Yobs left a badger riddled with shot after repeatedly blasting at it with an air gun.
The creature was discovered by Roger Musselle, of Roger’s Wildlife Rescue, in Falmer, after it had been hit by a car.
It was emaciated and had a severely broken rear leg with major infection around the wound.
But he discovered the animal had been the victim of cruelty when it was taken to Coastway Vets in Brighton.
Vet Bronwen Eastwood found the badger, which is protected by law, had been shot numerous times.
Because of all these problems, the badger could not be saved and was put to sleep.
Mr Musselle said: “I am appalled by acts of violence and cruelty towards our wildlife these days which seems to be on the increase.
“Badgers are totally protected by law but this seems to make no difference to people. It is really sad.
“I imagine it is just people having a bit of fun rather than a farmer, who would have used a better weapon.
“Badgers are such trusting creatures and do not do anybody any harm.
“It is almost every day we get called out now.
“People do not seem to have enough feeling for the surrounding environment and the countryside.”
Mr Musselle said boredom could never be an excuse for cruelty to animals and urged people to come forward if they saw incidents. He added: “It’s up to everyone to keep their eyes and ears open for this sort of thing going on and be ready to report offenders immediately to the police.
“It’s only with prosecutions that this antisocial behaviour will be stamped out.”
To report the shooting of an animal call 101.