September 17, 2012
Dismay and Sadness at Badger Cull Go-Ahead as Europe’s Bern Convention Meets to Discuss Possible Breach
Humane Society International/UK is extremely disappointed by the news that the first licence to slaughter badgers in the south west of England has been issued today, for the West Gloucestershire pilot area.
September 7, 2012
Former Government Scientific Adviser and Wildlife Experts Slam Badger Cull as Unscientific and Horrific in New HSI UK Campaign Video
Large numbers of badgers targeted in the government’s proposed cull could be left maimed and bleeding to death and even disappear altogether from large parts of England, claim expert scientists and naturalists appearing in a new campaign video for HSI/UK.
August 31, 2012
A host of respected wildlife experts, conservationists, broadcasters and celebrities have written an open letter to DEFRA Minister Caroline Spelman calling on the government to postpone the proposed slaughter of English badgers.
July 12, 2012
HSI/UK is extremely disappointed that the Badger Trust’s Judicial Review proceedings have failed to halt the UK government’s proposed English badger slaughter. HSI/UK’s Bern Convention complaint is now the badgers’ last hope.
June 5, 2012
Eminent scientists Christl Donnelly of Imperial College London and Rosie Woodroffe of the Institute of Zoology published a stark warning in the journal Nature that it would be impossible for farmers to achieve DEFRA’s target of killing at least 70 percent of badgers without risking the total eradication of local populations.
May 29, 2012
HSI/UK thanks the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals for writing to the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention) urging it to give serious consideration to a complaint lodged by the group against the UK government’s proposals to license the slaughter of badgers as part of its strategy to control tuberculosis in cattle in England.
March 20, 2012
A statement confirming that the Welsh Assembly had dropped plans to slaughter badgers in favour of a five-year vaccination scheme was welcome news for badgers, cattle and farmers alike.
February 28, 2012
Conservationist Bill Oddie and MPs from all sides of the House showed their support their support for a formal complaint to the Bern Convention against the British government’s proposed slaughter of badgers.
January 19, 2012
HSI UK reacted strongly to DEFRA’s announcement of England’s pilot badger cull zones, warning that local badger clans risked being completely eradicated in these areas.
December 14, 2011
HSI UK submitted a formal complaint to the Bern Convention against the UK in response to the announcement by DEFRA Minister for Agriculture, Caroline Spelman, that the government would proceed with two pilot studies to slaughter badgers in England.
July 29, 2011
As the UK government announced its strategy for controlling bovine tuberculosis in England, a newly published summary of the results of a 2010 public consultation on the government’s Badger Control Policy revealed that 69 percent of respondents were opposed to the slaughtering of badgers.
July 19, 2011
Humane Society International/UK condemns the announcement by Minister for Agriculture, Caroline Spelman, on 19 July 2011, who made the case for the slaughter of badgers by free-shooting in two large-scale “pilot studies” to be conducted next year in parts of England badly affected by bovine tuberculosis, before being rolled out.
July 15, 2011
With an announcement from the Westminster Government widely expected to give the go-ahead for the mass slaughter of badgers in parts of England, HSI UK wrote to Caroline Spelman, Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, asking her to urgently reconsider the government’s position on slaughtering badgers in England.