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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 fine.

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 below:

  • 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 area.

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.

Key facts:

  • 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 Britain.’

  • 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, 2015 and 2016 when a total of 14,895 badgers were slaughtered. 2017 may see more culls in more areas. We do need to stop this. Will you help? For lots more information please go to 'Reach for the Sky's' sister site: B-R-A-V-E.

To give you an insight of the challenge our badgers are facing, maybe you would like to listen to B-R-A-V-E's Anthem.

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Sort the facts from the fiction; there is a lot to read and learn. Maybe you would like to become a Badger Champion and join many other like-minded people in the quest to save Britain's iconic species, the badger. Or maybe you would like to help with fundraising or a donation.  Here is the link to B-R-A-V-E again.

A way to generate funds for B-R-A-V-E is by shopping via easyfundraising. Just click on the banner and you will find lots and lots of outlets who will donate monies as a thank you for purchasing with them. Some of your UK favourites include Amazon, Boots, Debenhams, iTunes, Marks & Spencer, Tesco, WH Smith and Argos.

Please make this page one of your favourites so that you can easily access the above official banner when you go shopping. This is to ensure that the donation is tracked by the retailer to avoid disappointment. Or, click on this link to take you directly to our cause page from where you can start your shopping:

http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/brave

 

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