October 18, 2013
For many wildlife experts, scientists, veterinarians and local residents, the pilot badger culls in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire over the last six weeks proved that shooting large numbers of free-roaming badgers was unsafe, inhumane and inefficient.
October 16, 2013
A new opinion poll showed that the majority of British people do not believe the pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have been a success. The poll also revealed most would not support the government authorising badger gassing.
October 9, 2013
An application to extend the six-week pilot cull in Somerset was submitted to Natural England as DEFRA sources admitted badger population estimates in the cull zone were overestimated.
October 3, 2013
The Court of Justice of the European Union preserved the European Union’s ban on commercial seal product trade when it dismissed an appeal by commercial sealing and fur trade interests and some Inuit representatives.
September 26, 2013
HSI's ongoing attempt to access details about how “humaneness” is to be assessed during the badger culls will continue despite DEFRA's lodging an appeal against the earlier ruling, by the Information Commissioner's Office, that the information be released.
September 20, 2013
In celebration of World Rhino Day, hundreds of Vietnamese schoolchildren learned about endangered rhinos.
September 9, 2013
HSI called upon the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union to provide greater opportunity to restrict the import and keeping of exotic species as pets,.
September 6, 2013
Farming Minister David Heath misled a fellow Member of Parliament about the transparency of badger cull humaneness assessments.
September 4, 2013
As the second of the two pilot culls began in his home county of Gloucestershire, HSI/UK's Mark Jones joined one of the Wounded Badger Patrols.
August 28, 2013
As the badger cull got underway in Somerset and Gloucestershire, we worked on our response to the government’s draft strategy for achieving "Officially Bovine Tuberculosis-Free" status for England.