Evidence shows that culling badgers does not help control bovine tuberculosis – it’s just cruelty to a wild animal.

The fact that none of the badgers killed in the most recent culling were tested for the disease adds weight to claims that it is pointless.

But eight more counties want to start a cull.


Officials are plotting to widen the controversial badger cull in a fresh blow to campaigners’ calls to halt the bloodshed.

More than 19,000 animals died in last year’s cull across eight English counties: Dorset, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Cheshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Natural England has received applications to expand this year’s cull scheme to eight more counties: Avon, Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.

Animals rights activists had been heartened last month when Environment Secretary Michael Gove refused to commit to continuing with the cull as a way of controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle.

Experts blame badgers for spreading the disease across the countryside.

But none of the dead creatures was tested through a vet’s post-mortem examination to see if it carried the disease.

Source: Badger cull could be extended as eight more counties apply to shoot the animals blamed for spreading TB in cattle – Mirror Online

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