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 […]

Jan 172016
 
POLL: Should the National Wildlife Crime Unit be properly funded by the British Government?

There is a crime wave cascading through Britain that the government doesn’t appear much to care about. In Lincolnshire alone, police have arrested or reported for summons 152 people for hare coursing since September 2015, compared with just 65 for the entire “season” last year. Across the country, the Badger Trust logged 441 incidents of […]

Dec 232015
 
POLL: Should all badger culls in the UK be stopped?

The government is to relax the restrictions on its controversial badger culls as it rolls them out to new areas in 2016. But a leading scientist has warned that the move makes it even less likely that culling will achieve its aim of reducing tuberculosis in cattle and could even make it worse. The badger […]

Mar 042015
 
Poll: Should badger culls be continued in the UK?

A Conservative-led government will continue the cull of badgers regardless of complaints from protesters, the environment secretary has pledged. Speaking at the annual National Farmers Union (NFU) conference in Birmingham, Liz Truss set up a pre-election badger battle with Labour, which has promised to end what it calls the “ineffective and inhumane” programme intended to […]

Jan 282015
 
Testing cattle better than culling badgers to control bovine TB

Frequent testing of cattle is a far more effective way of controlling bovine tuberculosis (TB) than culling badgers, research suggests. A new computer simulation showed that vigilant cattle testing can eventually eradicate the disease whether or not badgers are culled. Badger culling alone did not lead to TB eradication, according to the model. The research […]

Nov 222014
 
Badger cull cost over £3,000 for each animal killed

The first of two controversial badger culls in England cost £3,350 for every badger killed. Official figures show that the pilots cost the taxpayer £6.3m in their first year, during which 1,879 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The Government said the costs were high due to monitoring of the humaneness and efficacy of […]

Sep 112014
 
New round of English badger culls given go-ahead

The culling of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle has been given the go-ahead in two pilot areas for a second year. Natural England has issued authorisation letters for a new round of culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset, confirming that the criteria for allowing the second year of the four-year schemes had been met. Under […]

Jun 182014
 
Badger cull pilot risks spreading bovine TB further, study says

A pilot scheme to selectively cull badgers testing positive for tuberculosis risks spreading the disease further, scientists have warned. The new bovine TB control strategy to be piloted in Northern Ireland will carry out live tests on badgers with the aim of vaccinating healthy animals and culling infected ones, as part of efforts to reduce […]