November 29, 2013
Badger Cull Fiasco: Natural England to Revoke Licence
by Mark Jones
The disastrous badger cull, which has been underway in my home county of Gloucestershire for eleven weeks, will end tomorrow. Natural England will revoke the licence to kill badgers with effect from this Saturday, 30 November, bringing the cull to an end three weeks earlier than planned.
I am much relieved that at long last some common sense is being applied and the government's badger cull fiasco will finally be over, for the time being at least.
In the face of what has been the dismal failure of this policy, Natural England should be commended for making the sensible decision to revoke the cull licence. They should have acted sooner and it is deeply regrettable that hundreds of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset have already paid for this ill-conceived policy with their lives.
I hope that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will now do the decent thing and admit that killing badgers to control TB in cattle is a ludicrous and inhumane idea. As the killing stops, I urge it to abandon its plans to roll out this calamitous cull elsewhere in the country.
Our team here at HSI/UK will continue to work hard bring this terrible policy of badger culling to an end.
Mark Jones is executive director of HSI/UK.