I was expecting to scroll down and see that he was ok! Poor dog and poor OP
I stumbled on this thread by accident and now I'm very sad for you and your dog
border terriers were originaly for hunting badgers and foxes. badgers will run if they can rather than stand and fight. as for snares, they irish goverment sets snares every year to control badgers and tb, a much crueler death than shooting them (which you would be jailed for) its just cheap and effective
oh god that's awful news. you poor thing, it must have been an awful shock to you.
Really sorry for you and your family OP. I'll be keeping a good eye on my two for this when we're out off leash
So sorry to hear the news. I can only imagine how awful you're feeling right now, and know there's not much anyone can say to make that any better - but just wanted to offer a virtual hug.
Yes - TB culls are carried out by government licenced persons. Otherwise the species is fully protected.
Very sorry to hear about your poor dog passing,it's not easy when you lose a pet.
My sincere good wishes for you during such a crap time.
A badger in a snare is a terrible sight. They basically tear themselves apart trying to get free. I saw one in a snare beside a ditch, they had the ditch dug out around the snare.
that was my point, it could take days to die, theirs kinder ways of culling them, but none as cheap, thats why there used
ah that's a shame sorry to hear it
Eh, your dog was hunting... (as stated in your first post).
Those are the hazards of hunting!
I'd say your dog should pull through though if he/she gets the correct treatment, which it sounds like he/she is!
I have rescued a lot of injured Badgers & been with them in the wild. I have spent many hours, during the night, close to Badger sets even when young are around. They never attacked unless provoked. Even then their standard defence is to charge at whatever is threatening them. Whenever this happened with my own dogs it wasn't a problem because the dog ran away. However if the dog is of a breed with a hunting instinct or has been encouraged to hunt then it may hold it's ground & seek a confrontation that it will lose.
It is dreadful that we deem snaring to be a cruel death & then justify it on the grounds that it is cheaper than vaccination.
A. The person you are responding to is not the OP
B. The OP's dog actually didn't pull through in the end.
Thanks for all your kind words. Miss the little guy so much, I just can't believe he is gone. Feeling so sad and horribly guilty about the whole thing.