Badgers are a protected species and
it is illegal to wilfully kill,
injure or take one or to interfere
with a badger sett. If you are
convicted you could face up to six
months imprisonment or a substantial
There are certain situations where
you may not commit an offence. This
is when you have been issued with a
licence by one of the agencies
Natural England (in England); or
The Welsh Government or
Countryside Council (in Wales)
In 2012, following years of contentious debate, the Westminster government
confirmed that it would go ahead with a pilot badger cull in two areas of England.
The locations of the pilot culls were announced and were planned for the
districts of West Somerset/Taunton Deane and in the Forest of Dean/Tewkesbury
The announcement came despite scientific studies which have shown that culling
would be of little help in reducing the disease, and could actually make things
worse in some areas.
The proposals were part of a package of measures aimed at controlling bovine
tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle. The RSPCA believes that vaccination, increased
levels of testing and improved biosecurity are more effective ways of dealing
with the problem in the long term and eradicating bovine TB in cattle for good.
The cull could see badger populations decline by more than 70% and in some
areas none may survive.
Culling cannot be selective so many perfectly healthy badgers will be
slaughtered as ‘collateral damage’.
160,000+ recorded objections to a badger cull in England.
After 10 years work the Independent Scientific Group concluded in 2007 that
‘badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in
Subsequent monitoring of cull areas indicated a very modest drop in cattle TB
levels averaging just 16% after nine and half years!
Defra‘s own wildlife advisory body, Natural England, who have to implement the
government proposals, have said that they have little confidence in them
delivering the predicted benefits.
But still the culls took place in 2013, 2014 and 2015 when over 5,000 badgers were slaughtered. Due
to the vigilance of many people, this number fell short of the government's
target. Yet, 2016 may see more culls in more areas. We do need to stop this.
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