“• Over 70% of the badger population in large areas of the country will be killed, many of them healthy.
• The method of free-shooting badgers could cause severe to many thousands of badgers.
• Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas.
We urge the government to stop the cull and implement the more sustainable and humane solution of both a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity.”
HM Government e-petition, Stop the badger cull Created by Dr Brian May CBE
Having never seen these very sociable wild creatures in my garden nor in the wild, I feel quite sad for those that do and care about them. Foremost, I feel sad for the badgers living in the cull areas. There just has to be another way and much heated discussion will continue here. Meanwhile, time is running out for the badgers – the cull could begin in weeks.
Having no badger video footage of my own I’ve found some online clips to share as a reminder of what could be lost. I will likely add more clips so please do return to see them. The link above will take you to a petition to stop the cull.
Watch badgers snuffling round a garden in Northumberland
Mikes Badger Clips captured using Bushnell Trailcam HD in Devon
Kill the Cull, Not England’s Badgers
The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) are opposed to badger culling and will not allow badgers to be killed on their land. Their views are:
“•Culling badgers risks making bovine TB worse unless it is carried out in a co-ordinated and highly synchronized way, over extensive areas, and for at least four years. There is considerable risk that such a cull would be impracticable and unsustainable.
•Shooting free ranging badgers is untested and has no place in a science based approach.
•Vaccinating badgers does not risk making TB worse. We believe that, together with cattle testing and movement controls, vaccination is a more sustainable, publicly acceptable solution.”
This post was published by Shirley for shirls gardenwatch in September 2012.