Badger-digging and baiting have been practiced in the United Kingdom since the Middle Ages. Sadly in our supposedly more civilised society today, there are still people who indulge in this cruel and barbaric activity.
This involves the sending of dogs, usually terriers, into the sett to locate and corner the badger. The men then dig down into the sett and drag the terrified animal out.
The badger now faces a long and cruel death, often being forced to fight a succession of dogs. The terriers often sustain serious injuries which rarely receive veterinary treatment.
Even if the badger survives the attacks from the dogs, the outcome is usually the same - it meets a cruel death at the hands of the diggers.