03.04.14

We are relieved DEFRA has decided against rolling out the badger cull to further counties after they backed down on plans to licence more culls in other parts of the British countryside.

Following pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire we feared large areas of land in Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, East Sussex, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire would be included in future culling operations.

Reports that the Independent Expert Panel found the culls to be ineffective and inhumane add … Continue reading…

24.10.13

We are aghast to hear the badger cull in Gloucestershire has been extended for more than double its length, which could make the problems of bovine TB in cattle worse not better.

The government has now confirmed it will extend this pilot cull by an extra eight weeks after the numbers of badgers shot were revealed as less than half the target recommended by its own research. Only 30% of badgers were killed in this area in the previous … Continue reading…

04.06.13

We have serious concerns about the newly published government paper which sets out for the first time the scope and scale of the planned badger cull in England.

Today (Thursday 4 July) The Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) published its ‘Defra bovine TB 25 year Strategy’.

The strategy looks at the areas the government will be concentrating its resources on in a bid to eradicate bovine TB. It revealed the cull areas for the first time – … Continue reading…

06.06.13

We have vowed to continue our fight to stop the Westminster Government’s planned cull of badgers in England.

Yesterday (Wednesday, 5 June) MPs voted narrowly against an opposition motion to reverse the government’s misguided strategy aimed at combating bovine TB.

Voting close despite three-line whip

MPs voted 299 to 250 against proposals to stop the cull going ahead in two pilot areas in Somerset and Gloucestershire – a narrower margin than the government has in the House of Commons … Continue reading…

21.05.13

Rock star and RSPCA vice-president Dr Brian May is to speak at a public meeting in Dorchester this Friday to oppose plans to kill thousands of badgers in England.

The Government today confirmed that it still plans to go ahead with a cull of badgers and this could start in less than two weeks. As a result, those campaigning against these plans are gathering to discuss the potentially devastating impact they would have.

At the moment the pilot culls … Continue reading…