More than 30,000 badgers were killed in a government-backed cull in 2021, according to new estimates, causing outrage among animal rights activists. According to official statistics released on Wednesday, at least 33,687 badgers were slain in England through shooting and cage trapping in an effort to eradicate bovine tuberculosis. According to animal rights advocates, this […]
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POLL: Badgers are on the verge of local extinction. Should the culling of badgers be permanently banned?
Trials are underway of a skin test and cattle vaccine which could finally end the controversial badger cull, Britain’s top vets announced today. A pilot has begun on a farm in Hertfordshire which wildlife campaigners hope will save tens of thousands of badgers every year. In a world first, field trials for a cattle jab […]
Lessons learned from Covid-19 must spell the end of the badger cull
The badger cull policy has cost the lives of more than 140,000 badgers since 2013, in the largest destruction of a protected species in living memory. Badgers have been shot across a geographical area stretching from Cornwall to Cumbria at an estimated public cost of over £70m, when the costs of policing, training, monitoring, equipment, […]
POLL: Should the badger cull in England be abandoned and replaced by vaccination?
Just one in 12 badgers found dead on roads has bovine tuberculosis, a Government-backed study has revealed – sparking calls to scrap the controversial cull. Researchers from Nottingham University collected and tested 610 “roadkill” badger carcasses, but found only 51 infected with the disease. The revelations came from a £497,000 study funded by the Department […]
Petition: Stop UK Badger Cull
Every year in the UK, there is a “badger cull” In which large quantities of badgers are shot and killed. Because cull involves “free shooting” many of the badgers die slow, painful deaths after being shot. The cull started in 2013 and each year, the government allows more areas to be included in this cruel […]
Badger cull extended in England with more than 60,000 in line of fire
The government’s badger cull is being expanded to 11 new areas of England including parts of Oxfordshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire so that more than 60,000 badgers can be killed. Conservation groups said the expansion was a betrayal of trust after the government this year pledged to phase out the badger cull, intended to reduce […]
The captive lion breeding industry puts conservation and public health at risk
South Africa is replicating China’s policies that resulted in the Covid-19 outbreak, including mandates promoting domesticating and breeding wild species. South Africa’s captive lion breeding industry will go down as one of the worst chapters in the sustainable use book of conservation. Horror stories of disease-ridden lions living in squalor made international headlines and forced […]
POLL: Should badgers be culled to control the spread of tuberculosis in cattle?
The beam from Lynn Sawyer’s head torch scans the dark trees on a Gloucestershire hillside before settling on a barely visible cage hidden in a thicket of brambles. “They’ve been trapping and shooting badgers here for six years and they are still doing it,” she says, trudging over a carpet of rotting leaves towards the […]