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by Georgia Locock category: Environment
Since the badger cull began in 2013, 15,000 badgers have been needlessly culled. This slaughter has taken place in the British countryside and is all part of the governments bid to reduce levels of bovine TB in cattle. None of the animals killed have been tested for TB and nearly 7,000 have been killed by a free shooting method which is considered ineffective and inhumane by the government's independent expert panel and by the British Veterinary Association. So far the cull has cost the public £35 million.
Tens of thousands of healthy badgers could be killed as the government now plans to expand the cull into new counties. This is all in despite of the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence which shows the cull to be ineffective and animal welfare concerns which prove the cull to be inhumane. There is no evidence which suggests that the previous four years of culling has reduced TB in cattle. In Wales, farmers have seen a huge decrease of Bovine TB. This has been achieved by tighter cattle measures, gamma interferon blood testing and the vaccination of badgers.
The debate at Westminster, which will take place on Monday 27th March 2017, was triggered after more than 100,000 people signed a government e-petition demanding the cull to be ended. Please sign up to this Thunderclap and use the hashtag #stopthecull to get it trending and make clear that a badger cull in Britain is unwelcome.
I’m an aspiring conservationist who enjoys writing and campaigning. I blog, and with a growing gap between ourselves and the natural world, I work to inspire children and young people to reconnect and get outside. I’m never content unless I’m campaigning or taking action to benefit the future of our natural environment.