Tag: badger cull

E-petitions | Why sign them?

Dr Mark Avery tweeted this morning about Wild Justice’s petition asking the government to ‘Ban the shooting of badgers immediately’. Mark is a founder of Wild Justice of course, and had been pushing the petition hard. Just three days after its launch (and after a huge delay by the petition committee to upload it), the petition has already passed 32,000 signatures – which means that the government is obliged to respond to it. Following Mark’s tweet a question was asked which essentially said, We’ve had petitions on the cull before, they show a fairly even split ‘for and against’, why do we need another one? Here are three reasons why we think we do…

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Wild Justice | Ban the Shooting of Badgers petition one day on

Wild Justice petition smashes through 16,000 signatures in less than 24 hours.
Natural England Chair Tony Juniper (or ‘the former conservationist Tony Juniper’ as he is being referred to on social media) must be wondering what on earth he got himself into when he signed off on more badger killing to protect the dairy industry, poorly-thought out General Licences to protect shooting, and Hen Harrier brood meddling to – er, protect shooting…No doubt NE’s lobbyist chums at BASC and the NFU will tell him to ignore the ‘animal rights extremists’ who care about wildlife in ways that he would have once professed to understand (and even perhaps once shared) but it must be getting harder to ignore the pressures the public are bringing to bear on stopping the slaughter of our wildlife on behalf of industry…

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Wild Justice | Petition to stop badger shooting

“Wild Justice believes that the DEFRA Badger cull is ineffective in dealing with the scourge of bovine tuberculosis, but in any case it is an inhumane method of control, relying as it does on tens of thousands of Badgers being shot. We are taking a legal challenge against the licensing of this inhumane practice and although we were refused permission for judicial review we are appealing that decision and have been allocated a date in late October for that appeal. We cannot be sure that our legal challenge will succeed and so we want to add to the pressure on DEFRA and Natural England to think again about humane methods of disease control including better cattle testing, vaccination of Badgers and cattle, movement restrictions etc. To change the Government’s mind we need a huge public outcry against the shooting of thousands of Badgers in the countryside.” Wild Justice e-petition

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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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£48,525 | Wild Justice reaches Crowdfunder in 72 hours

Remarkable and wonderful news – Wild Justice have reached their latest crowdfunder already! Launched just three days with the aim of challenging the unloved and unwanted badger ‘cull’, the charity has raced through to its extended target of £45,000 in just 72 hours – thanks in part to a new £10,000 donation from an as yet unnamed organisation.

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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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