My thanks to loyal reader "Uncle John", who advised me of a story in the Telegraph about some workmen who were painting white lines on a road.
The workmen found their path blocked by a dead badger.
What did they do next?
Yes, that's right, they decided to leave a gap rather than try to remove it.
Evidently they are experts on "The Protection of Badgers Act 1992":
"Possession or control of a dead badger, any part of one, or anything derived from one is an offence under Subsection 1 (3) of the Act.
Subsection 1 (4) (a) - The person shows that the badger had died of natural causes, or that it had not been killed illegally.
Subsection 1 (4) (b) - The person shows that the badger or other thing in their possession or control had been sold to them, and that they had no reason to believe at the time of the purchase that the badger had been killed illegally.
Penalty on conviction: Up to 6 months imprisonment, a fine not exceeding Level 5 (multiplied by the number of badgers involved), or both.
The court shall also order the forfeiture of of any badger or badger skin in respect of which the offence was committed, and may order the forfeiture of any weapon or article used in the commission of the offence.."
Had the workers had put it in their truck and continued to 'possess' the body to take it back to their disposal - forteiture of the vehicle!
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