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.
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Humane Society International/UK welcomed the British Veterinary Association's announcement it has withdrawn support for the shooting of free-running badgers in the government’s misguided badger cull policy.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.
February 18, 2015
HSI/UK’s Executive Director Claire Bass urged all political parties to be more ambitious on animal policies because tackling cruelty and animal suffering matters to British voters.
December 18, 2014
As Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens announced the badger cull policy should continue for a third year in 2015, HSI/UK reacted swiftly in condemnation of the announcement that rubber-stamps animal cruelty and flies in the face of almost unanimous opinion from scientists that the cull is not an effective means to tackle cattle tuberculosis.
September 9, 2014
The government’s badger cull started once again in Gloucestershire and Somerset despite overwhelming scientific and expert evidence that last year’s pilot culls were both inhumane and ineffective. Humane Society International/UK reacted strongly to the news.
August 26, 2014
HSI/UK Deeply Saddened as Natural England Issues Authorisation Letters for Badger Cull to Begin in Gloucestershire and Somerset
HSI/UK was deeply saddened that Natural England issued letters allowing badger culls to go ahead in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
August 20, 2014
As Badger Cull Looms, HSI UK Urges DEFRA to Extend Badger Vaccination Scheme to Offer Farmers An Effective, Humane Alternative to Shooting Badgers
HSI UK urged DEFRA to expand its limited Badger Edge Vaccination Funding Scheme to high-risk areas to offer farmers a genuinely effective, humane and science-led alternative to culling.
June 19, 2014
Potential negative impacts on protected wildlife caused by the badger cull are in breach of the Bern Convention, claim a group of British wildlife protection organisations.
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.
February 7, 2014
HSl/UK welcomed news that government funding for the UK's National Wildlife Crime Unit has been guaranteed until 2016. The NWCU works to detect and prevent wildlife crime, assisting police forces in wildlife crime investigation and identifying local or national threats.
January 15, 2014
The European Parliament’s adoption of a strong resolution on wildlife crime, including a call for a European Union action plan, received praise from HSI.
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.