HAVE YOUR SAY: First badger cull licence due to be issued

HAVE YOUR SAY: First badger cull licence due to be issued

HAVE YOUR SAY: First badger cull licence due to be issued

First published in News

The first licence for a pilot cull of badgers in a bid to tackle TB in cattle is due to be issued this afternoon, Natural England has said.

The first cull will now go ahead in Gloucestershire, a hotspot for the disease.

Animal welfare and wildlife campaigners have opposed the cull, which farmers say is necessary to tackle TB in cattle because badgers spread the disease to livestock, but lost their fight in the High Court.

The cull, which is being paid for by the farmers taking part, will allow the shooting of free-running badgers.

The Government said 26,000 cattle were slaughtered in 2011 as part of TB controls. In the South West almost a quarter of farms were under movement restrictions last year.

Controlling the disease has cost the taxpayer £500 million in the past decade, and costs could spiral to £1 billion over the next 10 years without action, the Environment Department (Defra) said. An outbreak on a farm costs a farmer around £12,000 and the taxpayer £22,000, Defra estimates.

Under the plans for the cull, groups of farmers will pay for the killing of thousands of badgers over an area of 150 square kilometres for four years, costing £200 per square kilometre a year.

A long-term study found that culling over a number of years over a large scale could reduce the incidence of TB in cattle herds by 16%.

But opponents of the cull say it will not have a significant effect on tackling the disease in livestock and are calling for other options, such as developing vaccines.

Wildlife campaigners, including Springwatch's Simon King, started a petition in a bid to get the cull axed. They say the science, including Defra's own research, shows that a cull will not be effective.

Today Chris Packham called the issuing of the licence "shameful" and "unforgiveable".

 

2 pm today will herald the darkest day for Badgers in Britain and the most shameful for us naturalists and wildlife lovers .

— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) September 17, 2012

 

I feel sick that the science has been forsaken and that Badgers will be scarificed for our stupidity and selfishness . Its unforgivable .

— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) September 17, 2012

 

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh said: "The Government is pressing ahead with a badger cull despite their own official advice that it will cost more than it saves, put a huge strain on the police, and will spread bovine TB in the short term as badgers are disturbed by the shooting.

"It could lead to badgers in cull areas being wiped out totally, in contravention of the Bern Convention. Ministers should listen to the scientists and can this cull which is bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife."

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5:22pm Mon 17 Sep 12

Bailey25 says...

This is shocking. I read a report on this a couple of weeks ago which says that research has shown the cull makes no difference to the cattle having TB. It costs a lot of money and is cruel, with a lot of badgers dying slow deaths when not shot properly. As usual the Gov don't listen.
This is shocking. I read a report on this a couple of weeks ago which says that research has shown the cull makes no difference to the cattle having TB. It costs a lot of money and is cruel, with a lot of badgers dying slow deaths when not shot properly. As usual the Gov don't listen. Bailey25
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7:46pm Mon 17 Sep 12

mysticalshoelace says...

The government is fully aware that the cull will have no impact on TB in cattle, they are only doing this to appease farmers, some of which make a lot of noise and are stupid. The badger is an iconic symbol of British wildlife and a protected creature.
The government is fully aware that the cull will have no impact on TB in cattle, they are only doing this to appease farmers, some of which make a lot of noise and are stupid. The badger is an iconic symbol of British wildlife and a protected creature. mysticalshoelace
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9:27pm Mon 17 Sep 12

cj07589 says...

Sadly its a case of following the facts and science hence why we are where we are...
Sadly its a case of following the facts and science hence why we are where we are... cj07589
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9:57pm Mon 17 Sep 12

whataboutthat says...

Badger was a policeman int he Rufty-Tufty club if I recall. Anyone remember his name?
Badger was a policeman int he Rufty-Tufty club if I recall. Anyone remember his name? whataboutthat
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10:01pm Mon 17 Sep 12

GMax says...

Mankind has spread more diseases over the years then any other animal.
Should mankind be culled to then ?
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GMax.
Mankind has spread more diseases over the years then any other animal. Should mankind be culled to then ? . GMax. GMax
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7:09am Tue 18 Sep 12

Adrian XX says...

Gmax: if there is a higher species to cull us, then so be it, but since such a species does not exist, it isn't going to happen. No species culls itself.
Gmax: if there is a higher species to cull us, then so be it, but since such a species does not exist, it isn't going to happen. No species culls itself. Adrian XX
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9:22am Tue 18 Sep 12

Imaximus says...

Badger loves mash potatoe.....
However, another excuse for the feral children to go clubbing. I blame the surf reef for the badger problem.
Badger loves mash potatoe..... However, another excuse for the feral children to go clubbing. I blame the surf reef for the badger problem. Imaximus
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11:24am Tue 18 Sep 12

derek_acorah says...

What next, when this doesn't work? Wipe out weasels? Stone Stoats to death? Flay foxes? Annihilate Avocets? Pop a cap in a Pine Marten?

Killing stuff : Is there no problem it can't solve?
What next, when this doesn't work? Wipe out weasels? Stone Stoats to death? Flay foxes? Annihilate Avocets? Pop a cap in a Pine Marten? Killing stuff : Is there no problem it can't solve? derek_acorah
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9:33pm Tue 18 Sep 12

Bridders says...

Is this really necessary ? Enough culling goes on now.... its caused by the motor car. Countless dead Badgers are to be found along our highways. Many of these animals just do not make it across the roads and knocked down by the car. However, I have always had my doubts about those lying dead at the edge of the road. Many often appear to have no injuries what so ever....... I often think these are killed somewhere else, perhaps having been shot or snared by farmers and then just placed at the side of a road to make it look as though a car was the cause ????? or do I just have a suspicious mind.
Is this really necessary ? Enough culling goes on now.... its caused by the motor car. Countless dead Badgers are to be found along our highways. Many of these animals just do not make it across the roads and knocked down by the car. However, I have always had my doubts about those lying dead at the edge of the road. Many often appear to have no injuries what so ever....... I often think these are killed somewhere else, perhaps having been shot or snared by farmers and then just placed at the side of a road to make it look as though a car was the cause ????? or do I just have a suspicious mind. Bridders
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3:48pm Wed 19 Sep 12

Say-it-how-it-is says...

So I take it the ones moaning here has never had TB before. TB can kill you from getting this from cattle from drinking milk. Yes it's very hard to get this now, but still if you get it, it can kill you. My Dad had this when he was born and spent 3 years in hospital. Put him of hospitals for life. My partners brother had this as a child to. It's not nice. So please stop moaning here.
So I take it the ones moaning here has never had TB before. TB can kill you from getting this from cattle from drinking milk. Yes it's very hard to get this now, but still if you get it, it can kill you. My Dad had this when he was born and spent 3 years in hospital. Put him of hospitals for life. My partners brother had this as a child to. It's not nice. So please stop moaning here. Say-it-how-it-is
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