We urge you to push for cull plans to be dropped

18.02.14

The farcical and costly badger cull could very soon be extended across the country and we are urging all those opposed to it to make their feelings heard to Number 10 Downing Street.

Nine counties across the UK have been identified as in the ‘high risk zone’ of being subject to a cull.

Now that landowners in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, East Sussex, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire have been invited to submit applications for badger cull licences the threat is even more imminent.

RSPCA head of public affairs and campaigns David Bowles said:

“There is no justification to continue with these misguided plans, let alone extend them. We care about both cattle and badgers but science has shown the cull is not the answer to bovine TB in cattle, and the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year were a catalogue of errors from start to finish.”

Pilot culls have failed

The pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire failed. Shooting badgers as part of the pilot culls proved too difficult so cages had to be used; and the government extended both trials after their own targets were not reached, despite scientific advice that this could actually make the spread of bovine TB in cattle worse not better.

The costs of these two disastrous pilots have been estimated over £7million, so £4,100 per badger, with the costs of policing the cull amounting to nearly £2.5 million. The latest embarrassment this month is the revelation that the TB figures used to justify this cull in the first place have been grossly overstated – due to a ‘computer error’.

David Bowles added:

“In total 1,861 badgers have already been needlessly killed since August. We would urge anyone who does not want more such deaths to contact their MP, vote against the expansion of the cull and urge their councillors to stop local authority land from being used in any cull.”

Stop the cull

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