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.
February 28, 2014
A set of ‘Compliance Reports’ from Natural England’s badger cull monitors provides disturbing insight into 2013's pilot culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire, including mention of badgers shot in the wrong body area or wounded and shot a second time.
November 29, 2013
The disastrous badger cull, which has been underway in Gloucestershire for eleven weeks, will end tomorrow, 30 November.
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.