Back off badgers
The government has licensed badger culls in a further SEVEN areas in England.
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). A third cull area, in Dorset, was licensed in 2015. However, half the culls failed to meet their so-called ‘targets’ of numbers of badgers culled and no information has been provided on the incidence of TB in cattle in the pilot culls areas.
The government have now announced that they have licensed culls in seven new areas - 10 areas in total.
Be the voice for badgers and sign the Government petition calling for an end to the badger cull instead if expanding to new areas.
Scientific consensus doesn't support the badger cull
More than 30 eminent scientists have described the cull as a 'costly distraction' that actually 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, but we will never know as none of the badgers killed as part of the cull have been examined to see if they have TB.
Not only this, but some badgers killed in the pilots took longer than five minutes to die after they’d been shot. As a result we believe that the methods used are inhumane, and even the BVA has withdrawn its support for free shooting.
A real solution
We agree that focusing on badgers is a costly distraction. Instead we believe that by improving the welfare of cattle through better husbandry, increased levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing with bTB in the long term. We also believe that vaccination of badgers and cattle has an important part to play in the management of this disease.
We feel that a new approach is needed to tackle this disease, to better serve the farmers who are stricken by the effects of TB, their cattle and the badgers.