Tens of thousands of badgers in England are threatened with slaughter due to a misguided attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle. Killing badgers as a means of controlling the spread of the disease has been overwhelmingly declared ineffective by a host of eminent scientific experts.
In addition, the current plans by the UK government to allow farmers and landowners to organize the free-shooting of these iconic mammals will not only result in many badgers suffering a slow painful death, but there is no guarantee that local populations won’t be wiped out, or at least severely disrupted.
HSI opposes the mass slaughter of badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB, and calls on the governments of both England and Wales to concentrate resources on reducing cattle-to-cattle spread and researching preventative methods to protect badgers and cattle. Join our campaign to protect badgers.
December 16, 2016
Figures released by DEFRA in December 2016 revealed that 10,886 badgers were killed that year in 10 zones across Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Somerset as part of the government’s badger cull policy, bringing the total number of badgers killed since the culls started in 2013 to 14,829.
October 10, 2016
National Badger Day: Bill Oddie says Government is like “Sixth Form Bully” in pursuing badger cull, ignoring scientific evidence
Ahead of National Badger Day, TV naturalist and campaigner Bill Oddie joined forces with Humane Society International to spend a night out with the Wounded Badger Patrol in the Dorset badger cull zone.
August 24, 2016
The British public have echoed experts’ concerns about the cruelty of badger culls as a YouGov survey question released today shows that 67 per cent of respondents expressed concern at the suffering caused to badgers if the cull went ahead in their counties.
September 3, 2015
Top Experts – Bateson, Krebs, Bourne, Munro – Call on DEFRA to Immediately End the Inhumane & Ineffective Badger Cull
Leading wildlife, veterinary and livestock experts have written an open letter to DEFRA urging Ministers to immediately reconsider the decision to proceed with a third year of badger culling.