There’s never any excuse for cruelty to animals and the indiscriminate culling of badgers isn’t just cruel; it’s unnecessary: two very good reasons why we’re against it.
The rejection of The Badger Trust’s legal appeal against the cull in the Royal Courts of Justice this week, makes it even more imperative that we do everything we can to try and stop it happening before the trials begin. It’s not known yet whether The Badger Trust will be appealing the decision and the government is also facing a complaint at the Council of Europe from the Humane Society International (HSI), which argues the badger cull contravenes the Bern Convention that protects wildlife.
The badger cull proposal is in reaction to the continued problem of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We agree that action needs to be taken to tackle bovine TB, but we also agree with the eminent scientists who say that the proposed method of badger culling is highly unlikely to be effective in combating the disease.
It’s only in England that badger culling has been ruled as a legal solution. In Wales, the Government has rejected a cull and, instead, opted for a five year badger vaccination programme. The League fully supports this approach and thinks it’s a sensible way to deal with the problem.
In Northern Ireland, the recommended approach is a trap, test and vaccinate programme in order to control the disease, which we’ve cautiously welcomed. We’ve been told that no healthy badgers will be culled in Northern Ireland and we will be monitoring developments there very closely.
We’re not the only organisation that feels strongly about this issue, and we are working closely with The RSPCA, The Badger Protection League, The Humane Society, Care for the Wild International, The Stroud 100, Save Me and others in opposition to the cull.
In England, the badger cull is due to be trialled in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset and the League and our partner organisations have organised two public events in Taunton and Tewksbury later this month to encourage our supporters and others to make their views clear.
The Taunton event is on Friday 20th July and will take place in The Brewhouse Theatre, The Main House, Coal Orchard, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JL.
The Tewkesbury event is on Wednesday 25th July and will take place in the George Watson Memorial Hall, Barton Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5PX.
Both public events will take place between 6.30 pm and 8.30 pm and are free to attend. Speakers will include Brian May, founder of Save Me, and Pauline Kidner of Secret World and the Badger Protection League.
We are contacting all our members in these areas and hope you are able to attend and show your support, if you are able to.
For more information and to sign our “a million against the cull” petition, please visit www.league.org.uk/badger. We need your support to help prevent this barbaric practice and - most importantly - so do badgers. Thank you.