Following the unexpected cancellation of the pilot cull extension in Gloucestershire, there is an important debate in Parliament on WEDNESDAY 11TH DECEMBER to discuss the future of the culls. Take urgent action for badgers now!
Scientific experts have warned that failure to ‘reach minimum targets’ (i.e. slaughter enough badgers!) in not one, but both pilot areas, could actually make the spread of TB in cattle worse! Act now for badgers ahead of Wednesday's debate!
Why the cull will fail...
Following years of contentious debate, the Westminster government confirmed that it will go ahead with a pilot badger cull in two areas of England (Somerset and Gloucestershire)in 2013. As culling cannot be selective many perfectly healthy badgers will be slaughtered as ‘collateral damage’ in fact, as many as 6 out of 7 badgers killed could be bTB free.
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.
The proposals are part of a package of measures aimed at controlling bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle. The RSPCA believes that vaccination, increased levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing with the problem in the long term and eradicating bovine TB in cattle for good. Download our report 'Backing badgers-Why the cull will fail' for more information about the flawed scientific arguments used to justify this reckless cull.
How you can help...
The cull of badgers may have begun but the fight goes on. This policy threatens to roll out more widely and could soon be on your doorstep!
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