Horror images show reality of brutal badger cull unfolding in the countryside

Horror images show reality of brutal badger cull unfolding in the countryside

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Gruesome images have revealed the horror of the as marksmen aim to kill nearly 65,000 of the animals this autumn.

Lying bloodied and lifeless, the creatures have been shot as part of the Government’s controversial programme to curb the spread of tuberculosis in cows.

A dead shot in Warwickshire during the 2020 cull (Image: Badger Trust, supplied by Warwickshire Hunt Sabs)

Another is bagged up ready for incineration.

This year’s scheme has been extended from 33 to 44 areas in 17 English counties – with up to 64,657 of the animals due to be slaughtered.

The dead creatures in these pictures were blasted to death in cull zones in Warwickshire earlier this week.

Badger Trust chief executive Dominic Dyer said: “At night away from public scrutiny and with no effective monitoring, hundreds of cull contractors are now travelling across England slaughtering thousands of .

“As can be seen from these photos taken by Hunt Sabs in the Warwickshire cull zone this week, badger is a brutal and bloody business.

“Badgers are being shot at a distance with high powered rifles, or trapped in cages and shot at point blank range with shotguns or rifles.

“The Government could kill every badger in England but bovine TB will remain in cattle herds due to ineffective TB cattle testing, poor biosecurity and cattle movement controls.”

Some 102,188 badgers have been culled since 2013.

A badger shot in Warwickshire during the 2020 cull (Image: Badger Trust, supplied by Warwickshire Hunt Sabs)

Supporters believe killing them helps curb TB in cows, with badgers blamed for carrying the disease around the countryside, infecting cattle.

But opponents believe the programme is ineffective.

The Government has claimed the cull will begin to be phased out in the next few years, with vaccination of badgers being increased instead.

A bagged-up badger waiting to be taken for incineration

In July, it announced trials for an inoculation for cows will get underway amid moves for a vaccine by 2025.

National Farmers’ Union Deputy President Stuart Roberts said previously: “The impact of bovine TB continues to devastate farming families up and down the country, causing huge strain mentally, emotionally and financially for farmers.

“Thousands of farms have seen generations of cattle compulsorily slaughtered because of this disease and their herds put under restriction, crippling their livelihoods instantly.

Environment Secretary George Eustice has defended the cull (Image: 10 Downing Street/AFP via Getty)

“The NFU has always supported the Government’s 25-year eradication strategy, which provides farmers with a lifeline for tackling bovine TB, and using all available measures to tackle this horrendous disease, including strengthening cattle movements, enhanced biosecurity and controlling the disease in wildlife.”

Environment Secretary George Eustice has said: “Bovine TB is one of the most difficult and intractable animal health challenges that the UK faces today, causing considerable trauma for farmers and costing taxpayers over £100million every year.

Tens of thousands of cows are killed each year because of bovine TB (Image: Getty Images)

“No one wants to continue the cull of a protected species indefinitely.

“That is why we are accelerating other elements of our strategy, including vaccination and improved testing so that we can eradicate this insidious disease and start to phase out badger in England.”

This article was first published by The Mirror on 17 September 2020. Nearly 65,000 badgers could be killed in this year’s cull (Image: PA).


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Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Lets put the blame firmly and squarely where it belongs…..on the heads of the lazy farmers who raise cattle in atrocious conditions…..continually pregnant, housed in filthy, stinking, wet, airless sheds with NO bedding, given antibiotics on a continuous cycle, no diseases, illnesses or injuries treated by a vet, and their calves ripped away from the mothers shortly after birth. No wonder cattle suffer from TB but let the government and farmers take the easy way out and blame the BADGERS. Its easier to hire heartless, soul-less, gutless killers to murder badgers than to provide proper, decent care and treatment for… Read more »

M Leybra
M Leybra

Irene Leggett, good points. Before animal farmers ‘got lazy’ they practiced animal husbandry. Today cows are either locked in airless barns or left outside w/ no shelter year round no matter the season & forced to even give birth unprotected from the elements & predator wildlife, who are in turn annihilated. In Britain badger cubs are often necessary food for foxes, since in nature all life subsists on other life. How, why the killer ape w/ his gun powder was entered into the mix of biologically diverse life, is the mystery of life.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

Mindless, heartless savagery