Tag: badger cull

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: Dominic Dyer | Badgered to Death

In November 2016 Charlie Moores was invited to interview chief-executive of the Badger Trust, Dominic Dyer, about his new book ‘Badgered to Death’ in front of a small audience at Waterstone’s bookstore in Cambridge. ‘Badgered to Death’ looks unflinchingly at our somewhat chequered past with the UK’s largest surviving land carnivore and of course details how badgers have got caught up in the history and politics of bovine tuberculosis control. Well-received by readers and critics alike, this is Dominic’s first book, and as well as badgers and the cull we discussed whether he enjoyed the writing experience and whether there’s really still a place in the campaigner’s armoury for dead tree publishing…

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Podcast: Badger Vaccination Symposium 2019

In April 2019 the UK’s first Badger Vaccination Symposium highlighted a non-lethal alternative to the government-sanctioned Badger Cull which had taken the lives of at least 67000 badgers by the end of 2018. Charlie Moores spoke with delegates after the event for this exclusive podcast with Debbie Bailey and Tim Birch of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Gail Weatherhead of the National Trust, Dominic Dyer CEO of the Badger Trust, and Professor Paul Lynch of Derby University.

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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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