The Badger Cull (and why it’s wrong)
In 2013 a badger cull took place in Somerset and Gloucestershire, with the aim to kill over 5000 badgers within six weeks. As you may have read in the media, the cull was deeply flawed in many ways, and failed to kill the number of badgers they hoped for.
This was good news for the badgers, but the concern is that the UK Government will use this to justify extending badger culling to other parts of the country over the next few years. If they do, 100,000 badgers will die.
Care for the Wild has been extremely active in fighting against the badger cull, and will continue to oppose it until the policy is ditched. Whether or not you believe that badgers play a role in infecting (or re-infecting) cattle with bovine TB (bTB), the key point is that all reliable scientific evidence says that culling badgers will not work.
For more information on this difficult issue, see the links below, and take a look at what Care for the Wild has been doing to fight the badger cull.
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What Have We Been Doing?
Care for the Wild has been playing a leading role in opposing the cull, as part of Team Badger. Here’s just a few of the things we’ve done over the last few months:
- More peaceful Badger Army protests on the way – see our Badger Cull Protests page
- Latest: Dominic Dyer becomes Badger Trust CEO
- News: Shot to Pieces: FOI Blows Apart Claims that Badger Culls were a Success
- News: Badger cull cost £7million – that’s £4100 per badger, says Care for the Wild
- Slamming the cull on TV, radio including BBC News, ITV, Sky, Newsround, BBC Five Live, Radio Four and several national newspapers. Read Care for the Wild’s Badger Cull News.
- Working with Sky News to break a story proving that farmers have been illegally gassing badger setts
- Revealing that a tiny proportion of the culled badgers would be tested to ensure they were killed humanely
- De-bunking key pro-cull arguments, such as that the Republic of Ireland badger cull was ‘a success’
- Working with the Sunday Times to show that meat infected with TB was being sold into the food chain
- Repeatedly showing that rates of bTB were falling prior to the culling taking place
- Taking a leading role in the formation of the Badger Vaccination Initiative
- Funding, with other charities, the co-ordination of several local council anti-cull petitions
- Funding on-the-ground protesters in the cull zones to supply equipment for peaceful protests
- Breaking the story that farmers moving cattle illegally (thus risking TB spread) are very rarely prosecuted
- Speaking at and helping organise badger cull protests in Taunton, Manchester, Witney (David Cameron’s constituency), Bedford, Kettering and Northampton, Derby and Brighton.
- Challenging supermarkets and the Soil Association – which certifies organic food – to reject the cull
- Writing leading articles criticising the cull in a range of publications including the Ecologist, the Grocer, Huffington Post
- Helping organise a high-profile seminar on badger and cattle vaccination at the Zoological Society of London
- Creating valuable campaign materials including our Cure Not Kill poster, and the 10 Things You’ve Heard about the Badger Cull And Why They’re Wrong leaflet.
- Producing a badger cull episode of the children’s TV favourite Bodger & Badger.
Urgent – Message from the CEO
Thank you to everyone who has supported us in our fight so far. We need your help now more than ever to keep fighting the cull and to stop it expanding post trial. We are literally doing all we can lobbying, organising and attending protests, working with the media to expose the truth and much more – but we can’t do it without you. If you can help, please donate by using the form below. Every donation, no matter what amount, will really help. Thank You.
Philip Mansbridge, Chief Executive Officer.
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What’s the Latest?
You can keep up with the latest news on the badger cull by following our Twitter feed. Follow the #badgerarmy hashtag to see where local protests are taking place.
- Read our latest press releases and media coverage on the cull.
- Read our CEO Philip Mansbridge’s view on the badger cull.
- Our Policy Advisor Dominic Dyer is one of the key opponents of the badger cull. Read his Politics.co.uk article on the badger cull, and his badger cull opinion piece in the Western Daily Press. To watch Dominic’s speeches at protest events, go to our YouTube channel.
- Find out the arguments for and against, the cull, take a look at our badger cull facts page.
- Find out about Care for the Wild’s Badger Cull Campaign.
- Read about the nationwide badger cull protests.