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 […]

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 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 […]

Aug 132013
 
POLL: Should the trial cull of badgers go ahead?

Culling badgers is the right thing to do to avoid “appalling consequences” for farmers, cattle and badgers, David Cameron said today. The Prime Minister warned that the Government could spend “another billion pounds” dealing with the consequences of bovine TB, which is partly spread by badgers, if culls not go ahead. He told BBC Radio […]

Jun 012013
 
Culls risk illegally exterminating badgers, animal expert warns

England’s highly controversial badger culls risk illegally wiping out every badger in the cull zones because the animals’ numbers are so poorly known, according to one of the UK’s leading badger experts. The culls, intended to curb tuberculosis in cattle, are authorised to begin on 1 June but could prove unworkable because of the uncertainty […]