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Badger Cull and the Bern Convention

The Badger Trust, Born Free and the advocacy group Eurogroup for Animals, lodged a complaint against the British government under the terms of the Bern Convention in December 2019. The Shadow Environment Secretary Luke Pollard also wrote to the Bureau of the Bern Convention in early September this year claiming the Government was “in breach of its international obligation to protect vulnerable wildlife” adding “there is no scientific or ethical justification for continuing with the cruel and unnecessary badger cull”. Which begs the question: what is the Bern Convention and why do campaigners believe it might be used to protect badgers from culling? We thought we ought to find out…

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Badger Trust | Horrific reality of the badger cull exposed

The Badger Trust has released a news story via Brockbase, their communication and information hub. It – as they say – exposes the horrific reality of the badger cull and uses heartbreaking images taken by Derbyshire Against the Cull (DATC, who originally broke the story and have posted a longer expose with more background details on Facebook). This exposé – shared in an article by the Mirror – shows badger cull contractors delivering shot and bagged badgers from the Derbyshire cull zone to a stone barn in Alport, near the popular tourist town of Bakewell. As Derbyshire Against the Cull explained, the barn is being used to store shot badgers before they are taken away to be incinerated

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Interview: Lynn Sawyer | On the ground in the Gloucestershire Badger Cull Zones

Lynn Sawyer has been an animal rights activist for decades, first as a hunt saboteur but more lately working full-time to tackle the badger cull. She was part of the group that set up the Gloucestershire Badger Office (GBO), a collective that provides logistical and practical information on the Gloucestershire badger cullzones. Lynn has spent many evenings in the past out in the field defending badgers, but now is up and out early to help prevent foxhunts from cubhunting. An inspirational, deeply committed activist and organiser, we were grateful to speak with Lynn in early October 2020 to find out more about her work.

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Crowdfunder | Help Stop DEFRA Plans to Extend Badger Culling

Tom Langton is a highly respected ecologist who has been involved in many different wildlife disputes including Sizewell, the Pont Valley in County Durham, and perhaps most notably, the government-backed mass killing of badgers. Now Tom has launched a Crowdfunder which Mark Avery has backed, saying on his hugely influential blog that Tom is “a Badger expert and seasoned campaigner. His crowdfunder to challenge DEFRA on plans to extend the Badger cull deserves support – and I’ve put a few quid of my own in that direction.” And so have we….

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Guest post | Badgering away: The Derbyshire badger cull campaign – stately homes, pro cull vets and judicial reviews.

‘It’s spring 2018 and the list of applications of interest for the 2019 badger cull has been released. Derbyshire is one of many counties on the list for the first time. Phone calls were already being made, messages sent and meetings arranged. The campaign unfolded over the next two years, reaching a climax in late summer 2019 when, with cages on the ground in the county and the killing ready to begin, a government directive was released stating the first year of culling in Derbyshire was to be put on hold until 2020.’ Guest post by Derbyshire Against The Cull

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Podcast: Dominic Dyer | Badger Cull Update March 2020

In 2018 the UK government commissioned Professor Sir Charles Godfray to conduct an independent review into its policy of culling badgers to control bovine tuberculosis or bTb and to achieve ‘Officially Bovine Tuberculosis Free’ status in England by 2038. The review took place during spring and summer 2018, was reported to Ministers in October that year, and a government response was – at last – published on the 5th of March this year, 2020. Charlie Moores talked with Dominic Dyer, chief executive Badger Trust, to discuss the headlines that were generated and ask whether we will be seeing the end of the badger cull anytime soon.

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