09.10.13

We are outraged at the loss of hundreds of badger’s lives in what has proved to be a ‘farcical’ pilot cull.

It has been confirmed that number of badgers shot during the pilot badger cull in Somerset is well below the target required (850 badgers have been shot in the area over the six-week trial, just over 40% of an initial target of 2,081), which could potentially make bovine TB in cattle worse not better. Now Defra have … Continue reading…

08.10.13

As the first pilot badger cull in Somerset drew to a close yesterday, we are calling on the government to be transparent and share details about its effectiveness.

Officials said the six-week trials were intended as a way of testing the effectiveness and humaneness of shooting badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle.

Yet despite growing speculation about how successful the cull has been and much questioning, very little information has so far been revealed about … Continue reading…

23.09.13

We are delighted to learn that Hampshire County Council has voted to ban badger culling on its land, and calls on the Government to listen to this clear rejection of the cull.

Councillors overwhelmingly backed a motion to ban badger culling on county-owned land at a full council meeting in Winchester on Thursday, 19 September. The motion argued that culling was not a scientifically proven solution to the TB problem.

The meeting came after pilot culls have been launched Continue reading…

10.09.13

A petition calling on the government to put a stop to the pilot badger cull climbed to 300,000 in the two weeks since the first animal was shot.

There has been a marked rise in the number of people signing the number 10 e-petition since the pilot culls began in areas of Somerset and Gloucestershire.

It had already become the biggest ever petition on the government’s website in July when it passed 258,000 signatures. Now more than 40,000 extra … Continue reading…

Senseless slaughter continues

04.09.13

We’re appalled after learning that hundreds of badgers are now being shot in parts of Gloucestershire as well as Somerset, as part of the pilot badger culls.

The cull may have started but we remain committed to persuading the government to put a stop to this misguided, unethical and unscientific attempt to control bovine TB in cattle. We believe it will not help solve the problems caused by this devastating disease or benefit cattle, badgers or … Continue reading…