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Badgers are mammals of the family Mustelidae
. They are omnivores who are found across North America, Africa, and Europe. Badgers will eat insects, roots, plants, snakes, amphibians, and virtually anything available to them.
In the United Kingdom, the blood sport of Badger-baiting
was outlawed in 1835 as part of the the Cruelty to Animals Act. Badgers were further protected by the Protection of Badgers Act
in 1992, which makes it a crime to ill-treat, injure, or kill a badger in the UK.