Despite the overwhelming result of a parliamentary debate, findings from an Independent Expert Panel and widespread opposition on scientific, humanitarian and practical grounds, the Government continues with its disastrous policy of badger culling in an attempt to eradicate bovine TB.
We condemn the Government’s decision to roll out badger culling to five new areas of the country in South Devon, North Devon, North Cornwall, South Herefordshire and West Dorset to commence in September 2016.
How can you help?
Please visit the website of Badger Action Network to find out how you can help badgers in the cull zones.
The Badger Action Network can put you in touch with various wounded badger patrols in the cull zones and also offer help to new groups setting up their own procedures including police liaison, how to sett survey, how to establish wounded badger patrols, what to do if you find a wounded badger, how to raise public awareness, how to fund raise, what badger persecution is and how to report it and other information about the badger cull.
Please join and support these local groups protecting badgers in the cull zones.
HEREFORDSHIRE AGAINST THE CULL
Background to the 2016 badger culls
According to figures released by Defra in December 2014, 274 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and 341 in Somerset, out of a target figure of 615-1091 and 316-785 badgers respectively. This proves that the current planned method of tackling bovine TB through wildlife culling is ineffective.
We had hoped that the Government would take the opportunity to re-examine the whole approach to the control of bovine TB, including the clear evidence against continuing with the badger cull, but sadly this is not the case.
The League provided support and funding for equipment needed by badger patrol groups Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting and Somerset Against The Badger Cull in 2014 as it was clear we would need boots on the ground when the culls commenced.
Also, to show our solidarity with activists taking part in wounded badgers patrols in the cull zone, the League along with our Vice President Bill Oddie, joined them in both cull zones to help generate attention towards their tireless work. See the feature in the Daily Mirror here.
The Government had previously planned to roll out the culls to ten other areas in 2014, but dropped this plan following the publication of the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) report into the pilot culls which concluded that they were ‘ineffective and failed the humane test’.
However, on Friday 28th August 2015, not only were the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire announced to continue, but against all scientific evidence the government allowed culling to begin in neighbouring county Dorset.
In August 2016 the Government announced that the shooting of badgers will continue in the areas where it was already taking place and will be extended to five new areas of the country in South Devon, North Devon, North Cornwall, South Herefordshire and West Dorset with shooting to commence in September 2016.
As a founding member of the Team Badger coalition, the League Against Cruel Sports is campaigning to stop the badger culls and
Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed Wholeheartedly supports the League Against Cruel Sports and the the above article.