Man guilty of wildlife crime offences against red kites & a badger

Article from the South Wales Argus (13th December 2020)

Caerphilly man found guilty of hunting and killing badger

A MAN is facing a prison sentence after he was convicted after a trial of hunting and killing a badger.

Dewi James Price, 39, of Commercial Street, New Tredegar, Caerphilly, was also found guilty of offences against red kites.

He had denied the charges during a trial at Newport Magistrates’ Court.

[Photo of red kite by Gareth Scanlon]

Price was found guilty of killing a badger in the Builth Wells area of Powys on February 18, 2018.

The defendant was also convicted of taking a red kite in Gelligaer, Caerphilly, on May 19, 2019.

He was also found guilty of intentionally or recklessly disturbing a red kite while it was in, on or near a nest containing eggs or young and of intentionally or recklessly disturbing the dependent young of a red kite.

Price’s case sentence was adjourned and is due to take place at Newport Crown Court on December 23.

He was granted conditional bail.


UPDATE 7 January 2021: Sentencing delay for man convicted of offences against badger and red kites (here)

UPDATE 13 February 2022: Badger killer and red kite chick thief avoids prison (here)

21 thoughts on “Man guilty of wildlife crime offences against red kites & a badger”

    1. These offences took place in 2018/9 according to the local paper there is certainly no rush to justice by the authorities this guy must be a real xxxxx the Welsh are very proud of their Kites.

      1. Given the way the legal system has been disgracefully starved of resources and the massive backlog of cases, now approaching 5000,000 (yes you read that correctly) I’m amazed it got there this quickly.

  1. I cannot find any further detailed material about this case.

    Hopefully more information on xxxxx xxxxx xxxxx will be provided when sentencing is carried out.

  2. It would be nice to think that he is bundled off to Wakefied Prison with his carrier bag full of every Terriermen’s treasured reading (“Earth Dog-Running Dog” back issues) for six months, and then was given another six months for doing his “countryman’s” duty of persecuting Red Kites. But here’s betting he gets a Fine and maybe some Community Service…if anything. Still, a big well done to everyone who was involved in collaring him.

  3. Meanwhile….”30% of the UK to be set aside for nature”….. Irrate gamekeepers proclaim that none of “their” ground will be party to such nonsense. Well they are used to shooting theselves in the foot……

  4. I wonder how the evidence was obtained? At least one more low life now has a wildlife criminal record even if his sentence is likely to be paltry. Mind you, the irony of tens of thousands of badgers being legally slaughtered as a disgusting sop to the rotten beef/dairy industry makes part of this crime seem rather insignificant.

    1. The badger cull- could be defined as a vicious wild life crime legitimised by a government who capitulated to political pressure from groups like the NFU and MP’s eager to please their farming and land owning constituents!!
      According to reports from The Wildlife Trust – The science does not support a badger cull, and the British Veterinary Association has discredited controlled shooting as an inhumane practice.

      Farmers who suffer TB in their cattle do need supporting, but the current blinkered way of thinking about bovine TB is stifling the introduction of a proper and long term solution. We need to stop seeing the badger as the bogeyman!

      There are many parallels which could be drawn from the way game shooting is managed and how certain sectors of British agriculture behave.

      One only has to consider the recent findings of wildlife surveys across Britain to realise the devastating effect modern industrial agriculture is having on wildlife. Legislation is allowing practices which really should be considered criminal, as these practices are unethical, cruel, destructive and result in a lot of wild animals and birds being killed or dying through starvation and habitat loss. As raptors are a species at the top of the food chain, then this has an effect on their survival.

      One only had to listen to the recent interview on Radio 4 -Farming Today when the proposed ban on live animal exportation and improvements in animal welfare during transportation were discussed, to understand just what sort or organisation the NFU really is. How anyone could oppose measures to introduce higher animal welfare standards defeats me!

      How the government hopes to introduce “public payment for public good” is going to be a real challenge; and something anyone interested in conservation will have to watch very carefully to ensure this methodology isn’t watered down so that the status quo isn’t simply maintained. My mind immediately turns to how stewardship grants support the activities on many grouse moors!

      But we are back to that mindset that animals only exist to exploit and profit from, even if this causes untold harm and suffering!!

      Fortunately there are a growing group of farmers who are not happy with this approach- and we as consumers have a choice to source our food carefully!!

      1. Well said John and my point entirely about our beleaguered badgers. I suspect that the Tory rhetoric about ‘public money for public good’ is just a way of continuing to shovel vast sums of public money at their farming, landowning and fun-killing pals/masters, thus negating the one true possible gain of Brexit, namely ridding ourselves of the rotten CAP. I also suspect that grouse moors will continue to be subsidised either directly or by smoke and mirrors ‘stewardship grants’ for a long, long time yet.

  5. Only one thing to say is another example of Scum. Tower of London springs to mind it would be such value for money.

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