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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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Podcast: Dominic Dyer and Iain McGill | Badger Cull at the end of 2018

Hosted by Charlie Moores this is a conversation with two of the UK’s most knowledgeable campaigners against the badger cull – Dr Iain McGill who heads up the Brighton-based Prion Interest Group and Dominic Dyer chef-executive of the Badger Trust and author of ‘Badgered to Death – the People and Politics of the Badger Cull’. Charlie has covered the badger cull many times over the last few years, including on location in the field in the cull zones and at meetings and marches, but he has never heard badger activists talk in such openly scathing terms about the government, about deception. about negligence…except perhaps just a couple of weeks ago when Iain McGill gave an interview to the BBC in which he accused the government of telling, to quote, ‘bare-faced lies’ about the effectiveness of the cull.

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Podcast: Dominic Dyer | Cruelty of badger cull exposed

Since the start of the badger cull – the government-sanctioned killing of a protected species to control Bovine Tuberculosis, a disease of dairy cattle – tens of thousands of badgers have been shot: either cage trapped then shot at close range or shot at night as they move around their territories. The vast majority of these animals have not been tested for TB and most are likely to be completely free of the disease. In September 2018 Chalrie Moores talked with Dominic Dyer about footage of a cage-trapped badger being shot obtained by the Hunt Investigation Team.

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Podcast: The Badger Cull at the end of 2017

In September 2017 the Badger Trust wrote on their website that “DEFRA [the Department for Environment, Food and Rural affairs] has announced the continuation and expansion of the killing of thousands of badgers across England. 11 new zones have been confirmed with a maximum number of 32,247 badgers to be killed in 2017 alone! This means that, by the end of this year, 47076 badgers will be dead as a result of the cull”. Charlie Moores sat down to discuss the extension of the cull, the reasons for it, its impact on the countryside, and the resistance to it – perhaps as consumers looking at which foods we choose to buy – with Dominic Dyer, chief executive of the Badger Trust, and Tom Langton a consulting ecologist who has worked in UK and international nature conservation for 40 years.

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Podcast: Tom Langton | The Badger Cull – Judicial Challenge

Charlie Moores talks with renowned ecologist Tom Langton to understand more about the basis for legal challenges to the government-sanctioned badger cull, about the ‘carnivore release effect’ which has astonishingly led to Michael Gove [the then Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs] ordering the shooting of foxes that might impact protected wildlife as a result of the removal of badgers from the landscape, ‘low-risk area’ culling, and – most controversially perhaps – Tom’s opinion that it’s the responsibility of academics to now admit that the cull is ‘a nonsense’.

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Badgers shot and left by footpath

While studies and data might be lacking, many activists and campaigners have been saying for years that the rolling government sanction of the slaughter of badgers to prop up the dairy industry was going to unleash a brutality and ignorance that had been kept somewhat in check by legislation. The so-called ‘cull’ was predicted to greenlight a massacre in which participants felt justified to behave pretty much any way they wanted…That would be extrapolating too much from one tweet, but there are numerous reports online now of badgers being dumped just like these animals. Photographs of dead badgers piled up in plastic bags before incineration were published by the Badger Trust in October 2019 and in this October 2020 post via Derbyshire Against the Cull. The unrestrained hostility towards badgers spat out in some social media posts is shocking and truly frightening…The government are the enablers of savagery towards badgers on a national scale.

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Wild Justice | Badger petition tops 100,000

“Shooting is poorly monitored and Wild Justice believes it has never met the animal welfare standards recommended by a 2014 Independent Expert Panel, whose recommendations were accepted by DEFRA. This method of culling is inhumane and should be banned immediately.” Congratulations Wild Justice. After some very focussed work on social media (we should now start calling the three founders and Directors – Drs Mark Avery and Ruth Tingay, and Chris Packham – ‘social media influencers’ though thankfully it’s doubtful we’ll ever see any of them lording it over the rest of us by mailing in their blogs from Dubai) their epetition to get a government debate over the shooting of badgers has reached (and passed) the requisite 100,000 signatures (10,000 signatures gets you a government response, 100,000 triggers a debate at some future date).

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