Tag: badger cull

Badger Trust “Government goes from badger control to badger annihilation”

Over the year that The War on Wildlife Project has been in existence we have covered the ‘badger cull’ in some detail, with articles, analysis and guest posts, plus multiple podcasts with leading campaigners against the cull including Dominic Dyer (chief-executive of the Badger Trust, which works to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts, and their habitats). Like so many opposed to the cull we were hoping that the UK government was seriously looking at alternatives to simply slaughtering one of the UK’s most beloved and highly-protected mammals (through vaccination for example), but recent announcements from the government have ended those hopes. The disappointment and anger is tangible, but the fight will go on…

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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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Wild Justice | Crowdfunding to challenge licensing of Badger shooting

Wild Justice (set up by Dr Mark Avery, Dr Ruth Tingay, and Chris Packham CBE to ‘stand up for wildlife using the legal system and seeking changes to existing laws’) is launching a crowdfunder to take the government to court, saying they regard the badger cull “as an unwarranted assault on wildlife which will not eliminate bovine Tb from dairy herds and which operates at appallingly low standards of animal welfare’.

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Badger Trust | Government betraying public trust on bovine TB policy

The Badger Trust has released an open letter to Defra Secretary George Eustice claiming that the Government is betraying public trust on its bovine TB policy. Despite claims to be phasing out badger culling in favour of badger and cattle vaccination. The Badger Trust believes the government is preparing to rapidly expand badger culling from Cornwall to Cumbria, which could result in a total of 200,000 badgers being killed by the end of 2020 (since cull policy started in 2013), pushing the species to the verge of local extinction in areas of England.

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NFU loses badger challenge

Remember back last year when the NFU took it upon themselves to launch a judicial review to challenge a decision to NOT cull badgers in Derbyshire? Even though the NFU threw their toys as far out of the pram as they could, a judge said they should pick them up again and toddle off home (maybe not in those exact words, but the meaning was clear: “the judicial review challenge was dismissed on all grounds”). Perhaps they should have tried to hire Leigh Day, their lawyers seem to be good at winning judicial reviews…

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