March 19, 2013
Pilot Badger Killing Likely to Proceed This Summer
by Mark Jones
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has confirmed that authorisation has been issued by Natural England for the two pilot badger culls, in Somerset and in west Gloucestershire, to take place this summer.
The killing, originally planned for summer 2012, was postponed in October.
The letters, issued by Natural England, confirm that the killing can begin from any point after 1 June. The culls will last for up to six weeks and will be repeated annually for four years.
A reserve area, in Dorset, has also been identified. It will be prepared, ready to be used should one of the two original areas not be workable.
Members of Parliament voted overwhelmingly against the proposals in a debate on 25 October 2012; however, the vote was not binding and it seems the Secretary of State is not prepared to listen to the will of Parliament or the compassionate majority of the public—more than 175,000 of whom have signed the Stop the Cull e-petition—who wish to see the badger cull halted.
HSI, alongside our Team Badger partners, will be working hard to bring an end to the badger cull once and for all. Our message is "Kill the Cull, Not the Badgers’.
If you live in the UK and you have not already signed the Stop the Cull e-petition, created by Dr Brian May, please sign it now; then ask friends and family to do the same.
Find out more about our badger campaign.
Mark Jones is executive director of Humane Society International/UK.