Police are investigating after a badger was discovered nailed to a tree in Wales.
A walker discovered the animal, which is protected underneath the Safety of Badgers Act 1992, in Nantglyn, Denbigh, on Wednesday morning.
It had been nailed to a tree by its toes.
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A spokesperson for North Wales Police stated it was discovered hanging at a top of round 3m (10ft).
“We won’t but affirm what the reason for loss of life of this animal was, however we have now submitted the physique for a autopsy,” stated Police Constable Richard Smith, of the Rural Crime Workforce.
“Extremely, badger persecution continues to be practised in North Wales and we are going to proceed to work with companions in tackling abhorrent incidents similar to these.”
It comes as MPs backed an finish to the badger cull, which has seen over 140,000 of the animals killed since 2013 in a bid to curb bovine tuberculosis infections.
Some 38,642 badgers had been killed final yr and consultants have stated they concern one other 140,000 will die earlier than the cull is stopped.
Final month, Prime Minister Boris Johnson informed MPs he backed plans to finish the badger cull.
Talking throughout Prime Minister’s Questions, he stated: “We do assume that the badger cull has led to a discount within the illness however no person needs to proceed with the cull of a protected species – lovely mammals – indefinitely.
“I do assume it’s a good factor that we’re accelerating different components of our technique, significantly vaccination.
“I feel that’s the proper approach ahead and I do assume we should always start, if we are able to, to part out badger culling on this nation.”
Anyone with info ought to contact officers on the North Wales Police Rural Crime Workforce by way of the web site or by calling 101, quoting reference quantity Z121155. Alternatively, name Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111