A group of animal rights activists targeting a Welsh TB breakdown farm has posted ‘completely fictitious’ accusations of illegal badger persecution on social media.
Members of the organisation ‘paid a visit’ to the farm, which is suffering with a long-term breakdown, this week.
In a subsequent post, which has been shared on social media more than 100 times, the group accused the organic farm – which it named – of illegally snaring a badger.
The post said: “Visiting this farm we found a layer of badger fur, the only remains of this snared animal on an obvious badger run.
“How many hours did it take to die while scratching the fencing post to free itself?”
The company selling milk for the farm has responded to the allegations, saying it ‘completely refutes’ them and is ‘unaware of any snaring’ on its land.
A further statement from the businesses said: “If there is any chance there is substance to this rumour, we would like to have the opportunity to check the area thoroughly and have any illegal traps which could have been placed on our land removed.
“We would under no circumstances want to be party to animal cruelty or unnecessary suffering, such as the suffering endured by any animal left in an unchecked trap.”
Comments on the social media post referred to the farmers as ‘heartless b******s’, ‘evil, vile b******s’, ‘evil scum’ and ‘wretches’, while one person said he was ‘hoping for an act of God to wipe this farm and all involved off the map’.
An FUW spokesman told Farmers Guardian the union hoped there would be legal consequences for spreading such a ‘completely fictitious’ and ‘defamatory’ story.
“We have written to the Charity Commission regarding such statements being spread by charitable bodies asking them to take a stern approach to such intimidation and misinformation,” the spokesman added.
The latest round of targeting comes just one week after the addresses of farmers taking part in the Welsh badger cull were posted on Facebook.
Their details were accidentally released by the Welsh Government in a Freedom of Information request.