Latest News: Even in the face of failure and with the weight of scientific and public opinion staunchly opposed to culling, the government has announced that it will continue to cull badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire in 2014. However, it will not roll the culls out to ten new cull areas as had been threatened.
Please email your MP now and thank them if they voted against the cull.
Why the badger cull will fail...
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 - they ended in failure. They pilot culls failed to meet their ‘targets’ and there have been an embarrassing and costly catalogue of errors from start to finish. Despite this, the culls could soon roll out across the country.
Scientific consensus does not support a cull of badgers. More than 30 of the top animal disease experts describe 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 cannot be selective many perfectly healthy badgers will be slaughtered as ‘collateral damage’. In fact, as many as six out of seven badgers killed could be bTB free.
We believe that vaccination, increased levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing with bovineTB in the long term.
Download our report Backing badgers-Why the cull will fail (974 KB) for more information about the flawed scientific arguments used to justify the cull.
How you can help...
While its good news that the culls will not roll out further, 1,861 badgers have already been killed in the pilot culls.
Also according to the Independent Expert Panel report between 7.4 per cent and 22.8 per cent of badgers shot during pilots were still alive after five minutes. We believe this is unacceptable and will continue to campaign against the badger cull.
Act now for badgers!