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March 13, 2014

HSI UK Welcomes MP Vote in Favour of an End to Badger Cull

Humane Society International/UK


Stuart Matthews/HSI

Humane Society International/UK issues the following statement from Executive Director Mark Jones following today’s vote in Parliament in which 219 MPs voted in favour of ending the government’s failed badger cull. 

 “Once again, MPs have voted to halt the badger cull and now it’s time for the government to listen. Even before the Independent Expert Panel report had been officially released, the pilot culls have shown to be inhumane and ineffective. Following four hours of debate in Parliament, it was good to see MPs from all parties acknowledging that shooting badgers has been a costly shambles. DEFRA must now take heed of MPs’ views, as well as those of the public and the vast majority of scientists and badger experts, and kill off the badger cull for good.”

The vote saw the motion carried by 219 votes to 1.


Media contact:
Wendy Higgins: +44 (0)7989 972 423,  whiggins@hsi.org

The Motion read: That this House believes that the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have decisively failed against the criteria set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in guidance to Natural England for licensing of the culls, which stipulated that 70 per cent of the badger population should be culled within a six-week period; notes that the costs of policing, additional implementation and monitoring, and the resort to more expensive cage-and-trap methods over an extended period have substantially increased the cost of the culls, and strengthened the financial case for vaccination; regrets that the decision to extend the original culls has not been subject to any debate or vote in Parliament; further regrets that the Independent Expert Panel will only assess the humaneness, safety and effectiveness of the original six-week period and not the extended cull period; and urges the Government to halt the existing culls and granting of any further licenses, pending development of alternative strategies to eradicate bovine TB and promote a healthy badger population.

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