Sep 212017
 
Huge increase in badger culling will see up to 33,500 animals shot

Up to 33,500 badgers will be shot this autumn in an attempt to control tuberculosis in cattle, a huge rise from the 10,000 killed in 2016. The government has announced that 11 new badger cull areas have been licensed, adding to the 10 already in place. Devon now has six badger culls under way, with […]

Sep 172017
 
Another 1,000 badgers to be killed in Somerset and Gloucestershire

Another 1,000 badgers are set to be killed this autumn and winter in the two UK counties where the controversial cull began four years ago. Natural England confirmed on Wednesday that supplementary culls had been authorised in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The original culls were authorised for four years and critics argue the move to introduce […]

Sep 052017
 
POLL: Should the slaughter of badgers in the UK be finally stopped?

Hundreds of thousands of taxpayers’ pounds have been spent on equipping badger cull marksmen with radios that link them directly to police, the Guardian has learned. Police have advised the government to invest in the same communications system they use to make it easier for officers to get to conflicts with cull saboteurs in remote […]

Aug 222017
 
POLL: Should driven grouse shooting be banned?

After 150 years of being treated as a quaint rural pastime, grouse shooting is now under the microscope – unless it reforms it is doomed, and it may drag other country sports down with it. On Saturday, the start of the grouse shooting season, the social media hashtag #inglorious12th was trending, and a social media […]

Jul 162017
 
POLL: Should bovine TB be controlled by culling or vaccinating badgers?

Wildlife charities have resumed vaccinating badgers against bovine TB after a global shortage of the vaccine caused it to be suspended last year. But more badgers than ever before are set to be culled this summer as Wales follows England in introducing a targeted cull in a bid to reduce bovine TB. While the Department […]

Apr 052017
 
POLL: Should the Government cull badgers or vaccinate them?

The government’s killing targets for the controversial badger cull in England are “deliberately being biased down”, according to a leading animal population expert. The badger cull, now rolled out to seven counties in England, is part of efforts to reduce the scourge of tuberculosis in cattle but has been heavily criticised by scientists. Farmers failed […]

Feb 202017
 
Help to stop the slaughter of badgers in the UK

After 5 years spent fighting the ever expanding badger cull here in the UK I have now moved on to Art as Activism with the casting in foundry bronze of the first of my limited edition small Badger sculptures. These badgers are hand sized and are the small scale models (maquettes) of the much larger […]

Dec 282016
 
Kissing cows are to blame for bovine TB – so stop this bloody badger cull

More than 10,000 badgers have been killed this autumn in a cull supposedly to combat the disease of bovine TB in cattle. This was the fourth year of culling badgers but, in truth, we have been slaughtering our largest wild carnivore for decades. We have to ask one question: why has this bloody killing gone […]

Dec 232016
 
POLL: Should the slaughter of badgers be allowed to continue?

The number of animals shot in England’s controversial badger cull soared to more than 10,000 this autumn, as part of the government’s attempt to cut tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. Ministers claimed the result as a success but a leading scientist said there was “no basis” for suggesting the cull was effective, while wildlife charities said […]

Sep 012016
 
POLL: Should the badger cull in the UK be extended?

Tuesday was a sad day for our wild animals. The BBC reported that the badger cull will be extended into five new areas, although the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) would not confirm that the selections had been made. News that the already failed cull would be expanded is particularly disappointing to […]

Aug 142016
 
POLL: Should the killing of buzzards to protect pheasants be allowed?

Every year, thousands of pheasants are slaughtered by cars. What would we say if the government’s conservation watchdog issued a licence to allow a gamekeeper to shoot 10 careless motorists? Natural England has instead issued a licence to allow a gamekeeper to kill something like us: a legally protected predator, a clever, adaptable native species […]

Jul 182016
 
POLL: Should the UK halt its failed badger cull policy?

The imminent expansion of England’s controversial badger cull “flies in the face of scientific evidence”, according to the nation’s foremost experts, who have called on new prime minister, Theresa May, to halt the “failed” policy. The scientists say the badger cull, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, is a “risky, costly, and inhumane” distraction and […]

Apr 072016
 
POLL: Should the badger cull in the UK be stopped?

Police are investigating after a list apparently showing farmers who have signed up for the next phase of the badger cull was leaked to animal rights groups. One group that advocates direct action, Stop the Cull, has said it intends to publish the list of farmers in south Devon – one of the new areas […]