Badger slaughter set to resume with more kill zones and licences confirmed for senseless Government-sanctioned cull

Badger slaughter set to resume with more kill zones and licences confirmed for s
Monday, 11 September, 2017

Animal welfare campaigners have condemned plans for this year’s badger cull, with additional kill zones announced and double the number of previous licences issued today (Monday) to cull badgers.

IFAW has always opposed the badger cull for being cruel and without scientific justification. Leading scientists and wildlife experts have also stated their opposition to the badger cull because it will not significantly reduce incidents of bovine TB. Pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset were ruled ineffective and inhumane by an Independent Expert Panel.

Despite this, 11 new licences have now been issued. Licences have been granted for continued culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire, where four-year culls have already been completed. Licences first granted last year in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire have all been renewed for a further year. New licences have been granted in the existing cull counties of Devon, Dorset and Somerset and in addition to this, the counties of Cheshire and Wiltshire will have licences to cull for the first time.

Philip Mansbridge, IFAW UK Director, said: “Based on today’s licence announcements, we could see a death toll of as many as 32,247 badgers this year. IFAW remains as determined as ever to end this cruel cull which is unscientific, illogical and simply unnecessary. The animal protection movement as a whole stands united against this cull as we work to protect British wildlife.”

IFAW believes that the solution to bovine TB is not to kill badgers, but to adopt a joined-up approach to tackle the problem; including better control of cattle movement, an improved testing regime and increased biosecurity on farms. The Government recently announced plans to restart vaccination of badgers in ‘edge areas’ next year, but with the cull likely to be at its harshest in Devon and Dorset imminently, this could be too little too late.

Mansbridge added: “As a nation of animal lovers, we should stop the inhumane and ineffective killing of badgers now. Vaccinating badgers can form part of the solution, but as this is a cattle problem ultimately the answer is better cattle testing and better control of cattle movement.”


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