“At the end of the day the badger is the most protected but probably the most persecuted species in Britain today…and yet we’ve been playing Russian roulette with its future by culling it indiscriminately without any effective monitoring of the individuals doing it or the impact of the numbers or the impact on the whole ecosystem of removal….” Dominic Dyer, November 2018
Badger Cull Update with Dominic Dyer (March 2020)
In February 2018 the UK government commissioned Professor Sir Charles Godfray to conduct an independent review into its policy of culling badgers – a protected species of course – 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. The review’s conclusion appears to be that badger culling – which has so far cost taxpayers an estimated £60million and resulted in the deaths of more than 100,000 badgers – is NOT the solution to lowering TB in cattle and that what is required instead is a major focus on cattle-based control measures and vaccination against bTb of both badgers and cattle. Charlie Moores talks with chief-executive of the Badger Trust Dominic Dyer about this latest development.
Judicial Challenges 2019 with ecologist Tom Langton (June 2019)
Charlie Moores talks with renowned ecologist Tom Langton to understand more about the basis for legal challenges to the 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’.
Badger Vaccination Symposium 2019 at Derby University 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 (May 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.
The Badger Cull at the end of 2018 with Dominic Dyer, CEO Badger Trust and Dr Ian McGill (Nov 2018)
Cruelty of Badger Cull Exposed – discussion of Hunt Investigation Team surveillance footage with Dominic Dyer, CEO Badger Trust (Sept 2018)
The Badger Cull: Judicial Review with Dominic Dyer, CEO Badger Trust (June 2018)
Saving Somerset’s Badgers with various activists on the ground (Oct 2017)
The Badger Cull at the end of 2017 with Dominic Dyer, CEO Badger Trust and Tom Langton (Sept 2017)
Badgered to Death a live discussion about his new book with Dominic Dyer, CEO Badger Trust (Nov 2016)