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.
April 4, 2014
HSI/UK responds to an upcoming BBC Countryfile interview featuring Princess Anne making controversial statements regarding England’s badger cull and horsemeat .
April 3, 2014
HSI/UK responded to the government’s decision to abandon the planned roll out of badger culling to new areas of England in 2014 but to continue the cull in in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
March 13, 2014
HSI/UK's executive director issued a statement welcoming the favorable voting of MPs to end the government’s failed badger cull.
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.