Badgers: possession of specimens
It’s an offence to possess a dead badger or badger parts, unless the animal was killed or taken legally.
The Protection of Badgers Act 1992 bans the possession of:
- a dead badger
- part of a dead badger – e.g. a badger skin sporran
You are not guilty of this offence if you can show that:
- the specimen was killed or taken legally
- you had no reason to believe, when purchasing the item, that it had not been taken legally
A licence thus isn’t required to possess a dead badger or parts of a badger. But it would be your responsibility to show that items had been taken legally were the police ever to question you.
If you already have a licence number, include it in the subject line of your email, or have it to hand when you call.