New Wave of Badger Culls Announced

Over 30,000 badger killings sanctioned by DEFRA

This week, DEFRA announced that 11 new zones will throughout England will be designated for the culling of badgers, in a bid to limit the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis. The maximum number that the governmental department has set for culling is 32,347, in this year alone.

For a bit of perspective on this matter, it’s important to look back over the last few years badger culling numbers. From 2013 to 2015 less than 10,000 badgers were culled in total, in 2016, over 12,000 were killed in one year – so this year’s new limit seems to be extortionately high.

This handy graphic from the Badger Trust shows the increasing disparity between the last few year’s badger culling limits:

As you can see, badger culls are on the rise and they don’t look like they’re about to drop off any time soon. Understandably there’s been a big media backlash in response to this and it looks like this might be having an effect on how councils are approaching their culls.

Proposed badger culls are have already been banned on Chester East Council land. Councillors have not openly confirmed this yet and also lack the powers to stop farmers from culling badgers on their own lands, however this marks a step forward for Badger protection and could lead the way for other councils who wish to follow suit.

The Government has defended the death sentence that they have laid on thousands of Badgers throughout the country, stating that it is the only way to stop the spread of bTb – however, as support for Badgers builds, more and more people are asking whether there is a better way to curb growing population of one of Britain’s most iconic creatures…

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