Badger burned to death and dressed in baby clothes in disturbing incident

The RSPCA has launched an investigation into a twisted act of animal cruelty which left a badger dressed in baby clothes and set on fire.

The animal welfare charity is hoping to find out more about what they have described as a "disturbing incident".

Officers from the RSPCA were alerted after a member of the public made the shocking discovery at around 6.30am on Thursday, February 3.

The badger was found dead alongside a badger sett, which had reportedly been deliberately set alight close to the Beacon Centre in Wolverhampton.

The creature had been dressed in a baby grow, and items of smoking paraphernalia had been left scattered around its hideously burned body.

The RSPCA is launching an appeal for information, reports CoventryLive, calling on anyone who may know the background to this shocking discovery to contact them.

Under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, badgers in England and Wales are protected and so are the setts (burrows) they live in. It’s illegal to harm the animals except under very tightly-controlled conditions.

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RSPCA inspector Laura Brewerton, who is investigating, said: “We’re eager to find out more information about this disturbing incident. Someone had deliberately lit a fire at the entrance to badgers’ sett.

“It’s extremely disturbing that anyone would behave this way, and concerning to see the way someone had interfered with the badger’s body after death."

“The badger had been dressed in a baby grow," Laura added, "with a lighter, cigarette filters and lighter fluid bottle left alongside his body at the roadside. Whoever did this had also intentionally burned the shape of a heart near the badger with lighter fluid.

“Badgers and their setts are protected under the Protection of Badgers Act,” she added. In England and Wales, it is an offence to intentionally kill, injure or take a badger – or attempt to – except under licence.

“We’d like to hear from anyone who has any information who thinks they may be able to help our investigation should call us. Our inspectorate appeal line can be reached on 0300 123 8018, and calls are treated in confidence.”

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