The Badgers Act 1973 was designed to give the badger a degree of protection. This was later improved by the Badgers (Further Protection) Act 1991. This was consolidated to give the badger further protection by the formation of The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 under which the law works today.
Under this act the following are illegal:
- It is illegal to willfully kill, injure or take any badger or attempt to.
- It is illegal to cruelly ill-treat badgers, to dig for badgers or use badger tongs.
- It is illegal to have in your possession any dead badger or any part of one, or an object derived from one.
- It is illegal to have in your possession or control a living, healthy badger.
- It is illegal to intentionally or recklessly damage, destroy or obstruct access to any part of a badger sett. or to cause a dog to enter a sett or to disturb a badger whilst it is occupying a sett.