IFAW condemns this year’s badger cull

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Tuesday, 9 September, 2014

Today’s news that the pilot badger cull has started in Gloucestershire and Somerset once again this year was condemned by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and many other NGOs.

Eminent scientists and wildlife experts have stated their opposition to this cull from the beginning because it will not significantly reduce incidents of bovine TB.

Jordi Casamitjana, IFAW’s Campaigns and Enforcement Manager, said: “As the pilot culls have been proved to be both ineffective and inhumane by the Government’s own Independent Expert Panel, the decision should have been made this year to cancel these unpopular culls. The UK Government is failing to listen to the experts, MPs or the public.

“It is inexcusable that unlike last year, this year’s cull will not even be assessed by independent experts. The way forward should be science-led which this clearly isn’t.

“IFAW believes that the solution to the bTB epidemic lies in better control of cattle movement, increased biosecurity and the development of a cattle vaccine, but if the wildlife reservoir needs to be addressed, vaccination is the way forward, not culling.”

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