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.
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.
August 28, 2015
DEFRA confirmed that its badger cull will be rolled out to an additional area despite the fact that two years of culling in existing zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset have repeatedly missed their badger kill targets, and been dismissed as ineffective and inhumane by renowned scientists.
April 17, 2015
Humane Society International/UK welcomed the British Veterinary Association's announcement it has withdrawn support for the shooting of free-running badgers in the government’s misguided badger cull policy. However, HSI/UK is deeply disappointed that the BVA continues to endorse cage trapping and shooting.