Wildlife artist Robert E Fuller is to receive an award from the RSPCA for outstanding bravery after he helped bring a gang of badger baiters to account.
The Thixendale-based artist will receive the Elsie M J Evans award at the RSPCA’s annual honours ceremony in Horsham, West Sussex on Saturday (September 8th).
Due to be presented by celebrated birdwatcher Bill Oddie, the Elise Evans award is issued annually in recognition of an act of ‘outstanding kindness or bravery’ towards animals.
It marks the wildlife artist’s role last year in bringing seven badger baiters to trial in the most significant case of its kind. Four of the men were sentenced to four months in prison.
Mr Fuller, whose art gallery is in Thixendale, was out photographing wildlife for his paintings when he stumbled across the gang as they urged their dogs to tear apart a female badger and its cubs.
It was his quick action in calling the police to the scene and staying to photograph the culprits as their dogs tortured the protected animals that provided the key evidence in the subsequent trial.