Call off the badger culls
The Government has announced three culls of badgers in 2015, including a new area in Dorset. We believe the cull of badgers in England is wrong and cruel.
Did you know some badgers killed in the pilots took longer than five minutes to die after they’d been shot? There’s a real threat that this cull could be rolled out far more widely, meaning that even more badgers could suffer horrific deaths.
Be the voice for badgers and urge the UK Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP - responsible for England, to call off the culls.
The pilot culls' failure
The pilot badger culls began in Somerset and Gloucestershire in August 2013 as part of government measures to try and control the spread of bovine TB (bTB). However, the culls failed and fell short of their so-called ‘targets’. Take a look at the embarrassing and costly catalogue of errors from start to finish on our blog.
Scientific consensus doesn't support the badger cull. More than 30 of the top animal disease experts described the cull as a 'costly distraction' that risks making the problem of tuberculosis in cattle worse and that will cost far more than it saves.
As culling can't be selective, many healthy badgers have been slaughtered as ‘collateral damage’. As many as six out of seven badgers killed by the cull could be bTB free.
Despite all of this, badger culling continues.
However we're delighted and relieved that the Welsh Government has decided not to proceed with plans put forward by the previous government for a badger cull in the Intensive Action Area.
A real solution
We believe that vaccination, increased levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing with bTB in the long term.
Download our report Backing badgers - Why the cull will fail (PDF 974 KB) for more information about the flawed scientific arguments used to justify the cull.
How you can help
Email the Environment Secretary, Liz Truss MP and urge her to do the right thing and call off the culls once and for all.