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Government u-turn for badger-cull

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Government plans to roll-out their ineffective and inhumane badger-culls to another ten areas were halted after they were forced into a humiliating u-turn. Unfortunately they will continue with the culls in the two existing ‘pilot’ areas in Gloucester and Somerset.

Meg Munn MP is among many who have called on the government to work on a new strategy to eradicate Bovine Tb, based on a combination of cattle measures and badger vaccination. Wales has pioneered this approach, and has seen a reduction in Tb in cattle of nearly 50% since 2009 without any badger culls.

The recent Independent Expert Panel stated that the two ongoing culls were inhumane and ineffective:

        Inhumane - “It is extremely likely that between 7.4% and 22.8% of badgers that were shot at were still alive after 5 minutes and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply.”

        Ineffective - “Controlled shooting in conjunction with cage trapping, over the 6-week period of the pilot culls, failed to remove at least 70% of the pre-cull badger population from either pilot area. It is extremely likely that combined shooting and cage trapping removed less than 48.1% of the badgers in Somerset and less than 39.1% of the badgers in Gloucestershire.”

Meg commented:

“The government should have abandoned the existing culls but at least they won’t be rolling them out elsewhere this year. They have been bad for wildlife, bad for the taxpayer, and bad for farmers.”

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