Badger Culling – Barbaric and Misguided

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credit badger badger badger In the light of this week’s distressing news that thousands of badgers are likely to be killed in the UK, here’s a statement from Team Badger, (of which PETA is a member) on just how pointless and wrong this culling is:

The Government’s determination to go ahead with the badger cull this summer once again proves how misguided and out of step with scientific fact and public opinion it is on this issue. Culling badgers is not the answer to eradicating bovine TB. Not only is the practice inhumane and impractical. It is also proven to be ineffective in tackling the disease, as has been made repeatedly clear by all the leading scientific experts.

There is also a viable alternative: vaccination, which Team Badger, a growing coalition of like minded animal welfare organisations, is committed to, as made clear in our recent submission to the EFRA Committee. Team Badger strongly condemns the Government’s support for this barbaric policy and we remain committed to working together and with others to stop the cull going ahead.

To find out more about the rising tide of opposition to the proposed badger massacre and how you can help, visit


  • Margaret Loftus commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    One should always look to the kinder options if there is one.

  • Carol Brand commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Leave the poor Badgers alone, they get it bad enough with these horrible men and dogs badger baiting. Makes me sick!!!!

  • Charlotte commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Stop the cull

  • Charlotte commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:44 pm


  • Denise Smith commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    OMG – how can they justify slaughtering 5,00 badgers when the cattle die anyway at the hands of cruel slaughter houses and so much bad practice – this world is crazy – why did the law protect them in the first place -this is nothing to do with diary farming it is to do with the changes in land and building laws – aland-grab policy by people making lots of money building useless new houses on green land!! The need the badgers out of the way – no one knows how to tell the truth anymore – I hate the human race!!!

    • Janice commented on March 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

      Denise Smith says it all

    • j carr commented on March 18, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Sad world 🙁

  • Lara Phillips commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Stick up for our creatures!!

  • Jackie Dogan commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    80% of badgers will be culled. Badger baiting plus the ones killed on the road!! Stop the cull! It is barbaric!

    • LordLindley commented on March 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

      Very few are killed on the road. They are the ones shot, poisoned, etc, thrown into the road to dispose of the evidence under the lorry/car tyres. This is well known to country locals & practised commonly.

  • Margaret Jones commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Badgers deserve to live!!

  • elaine watts commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    they did this in the 70s under a tory government (what do they have have against badgers?) and it did not work it is bad movement and management of cattle that is the cause not the poor defenceless badger if it did not work after the mindless slaughter of thousands of badgers in the 70s it will not work now some people are just too stupid for words

  • linda bromley commented on February 28, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    leave our animals alone, u just want to kill everything ,

  • Sandra Graham commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Its disgracefull leave the badgers alone..

  • Marjorie Hulse commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    PLEASE STOP ! THIS CULL…….Never mind TB the farmers should stop and think what they do to their livestock in the end, the pain anxiety and cruelty at the slaughterhouses….money money money thats all it is !!!!!!

  • Beryl Jensen commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    What is the world coming to poor animals getting killed .why carny farmers inject the hearts .is it greed again

  • mrs janet merry commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    i dont want to buy any meat from farms that have killed these badgers

  • Annie Scott commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Its a travesty, there are other animals that spread TB what next culling hedgehogs its so barbarrick. Mass slaughter will not solve the problem please re – think

  • dee brown commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Humans spread TB so do we cull them as well? has to be better ways to improve animal health. Killing is not the answer to keep the meat industry happy, all they care about are profis

  • eleanor commented on February 28, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    wee seem to be going back to the dark ages this is a disgrace. im now vegetarian surely wee can hit the greedy farmers in the pocket by not buying dairy products and meat .

  • Patricia Cook commented on February 28, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Stop the killing of beautiful wild creatures. We don’t need to eat beef. Let the agricultural community take care of it’s problems and stop blaming it on some poor innocent animal.

  • trudi raven commented on February 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Leave nature to sort things out, haven’t humans done enough damage

  • christine hutt commented on February 28, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Slaughtering these poor animals will NOT solve the problem….leave them alone!

  • kalinka smithowen commented on February 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This is very disappointing and upsetting news. SURELY it would cost less for the farmers to innoculate their animals against TB. Farmers are aware of the risks to their animals regarding disease. They innoculate against these and should therefore do so against TB. Why murder badgers…they are part of British life…

  • christine shirley commented on February 28, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    what is it with people that they have to kill kill kill – foxes, rabbits, hares, badgers what will b next??? so sad 🙁

  • Sara Hughes commented on February 28, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    It’s not the badgers its unethical farming practice.

  • sue taylor commented on February 28, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    just why not get cattle vaccinated makes me so angry

    • John Wantling commented on August 19, 2014 at 5:03 pm

      Here is my Rochdale Online ‘TB Not Infectious’ article. Because most folk find this hard to digest, I will be updating it in the near future to make it easier to read. My none-infectious theory is based on our fixation on infection, but as I point out, Professor Macdonald (Oxford University) has stated quite clearly that the mode of transmission is unknown after sixty years of cutting edge scientific research. If we don’t know this after sixty years, then something is very wrong. I am merely pointing out the obvious, but it is hard to stomach. We cannot possibly assume infection when the mode of transmission is unknown. So why do we do this, and one answer is that we have been ‘infected’ with infection throughout the passage of time to such a degree that we cannot contemplate anything else. We are conditioned to think infection without a thought; it is nothing more than an irrational and emotional response. By default, we believe in infection regardless that we still have no proof of infection, and this makes no sense at all. The slaughter of healthy cattle and healthy badgers is based on the theory of infection and disease, but we don’t even have disease, we only have a theory. This is no basis to slaughter any animal. John Wantling, Rochdale, UK

      Badger Cull – TB not Infectious

    • John Wantling commented on August 19, 2014 at 5:17 pm

      This permaculture link (see below) is one of the most thoughtful provoking articles I have ever seen on the bovine TB. Tim Green has done a very good job. He says this…

      “You may recognise this as natural selection, an ongoing process by which continued exposure to diseases and pathogens creates a population largely capable of surviving such things. This is sometimes referred to as “survival of the fittest”. In contrast, the current official “test and cull” policy to deal with bovine TB in the UK has been most aptly described as “survival of the ****test”. This is the process by which we slaughter any cow that shows signs of mounting an immune response to the TB pathogen, thus steadily removing those animals from the population that had the best chance of surviving infection.”

      So basically Tim Green is saying that a TB reactor cow is reacting to this test because it is healthy, because its immune system is doing what an immune system should do. I suggest that we place the reactor cows in quarantine for a period of time, maybe few months or more, and then retest them and see if they still react. They may or they may not, but we can be sure of one thing, the cow will be very healthy. Basically, we don’t really know why a cow is reacting to these tests, the problem isn’t the animal, it’s the human who then translates a so-called ‘positive’ test into infectious disease, but the cow isn’t sick and that is a big problem with this issue – we slaughter healthy cattle! Now that sounds like madness and totally self-destructive, but this is the state of British farming. Farmers need to wake up from their deep infectious sleep and science needs to stop testing until they know the mode of transmission. Being as we have had sixty years of cutting edge science and still unable to ascertain the mode of transmission, as Professor Macdonald has stated in ‘The State of British Mammals’ report, then we cannot assume infection as this is nothing more than a giant leap in faith. It is very shoddy science.

      However, another angle on TB is that it is not even infectious – see my article on Rochdale Online titled ‘TB Not Infectious’. Let’s not forget that the slaughtered cattle and badgers are all healthy animals. It is insane to slaughter healthy animals. So we must look exactly at what TB testing is picking up and stop translating into infection. As soon as we translate, based on an infectious theory, and it remains a theory until we ascertain the mode of transmission, then we are lost. Here is a link to Tim Green’s article. John Wantling, Rochdale, UK

      Bovine TB, Badgers and a Permaculture Perspective

  • N. Fountain commented on February 28, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    The Badger cull is not the way to deal with TB in cattle, it’s a poor excuse. We preach to other countries about killing wildlife and clearing habitat yet we seem to be happy to kill what little wildlife we have left. IGNORANCE comes to mind


  • pat scott commented on February 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Life is so precious – God made man and animals on the same day and he did not mean for one to have power over the over!!!! STOP AND THINK AND STOP!!!

  • patricia oslear commented on February 28, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    well they have killed every animal possible and do they care NO soon our childrens childrens will never know some of these animals did exist but will no longer be there for their enjoyment come folk lets do summat pronto no animal deserves this treatment every living being is here for a purpose and if we as caring people the dont do any thing or protest they will continue SO GO FOR IT EVERYONE OUT THERE PLEASE trisha xxx

  • karen BIDDLE commented on February 28, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Every living creature should share our world,its not up tp man to get rid of ides would get rid of the people who want to hurt all these innocent animals.

  • Brien Comerford commented on February 28, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    The badger cull is vicious and demonic and so is the reality that millions of bovines, pigs, lambs, chickens and other so-called food animals continue to be cruelly raised for meat before their shameful and inglorious deaths in slaughterhouses perpetrated by human reprobates.

  • Veronica commented on March 1, 2013 at 3:12 am

    Leave the Badgers alone . Surely they could be vavcinated instead. There should not be a mass cull. I don’t think this goveerment have any feelings at all. Can’t wait to get rid of them in the bnext election. Fed up with are animals being killed

  • sarah commented on March 1, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    leave the badgers alone vaccination should be adequate enough there is no need to kill everything in sight.The world is evil enough without making it worse these poor animals have been put here for a reason just like us and have hurt no one. unlike a lot of humans that cause all the problems.

  • Wendé Anne Maunder commented on March 6, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    This is such a stupid policy and all the scientific evidence shows that such culls do not work. An independent study set up by the Government and paid for by you and me to the tune of £11 million showed that a cull was an ineffective way of controlling TB in cattle and in certain cases increased the rate of transmission.

    The study that said a cull won’t work was undertaken by some of the best scientists in the world, and 50 of the those scientists put signatures to a letter sent out before Christmas confirming it won’t work. Surely we should listen to that, act on that. The signatories included Professor John Krebs, a world renowned expert.

  • Darren commented on March 7, 2013 at 2:02 am

    … at the same time let us strive to make the government accountable for its speciesist violations of human rights on Steve Best:

  • Janice commented on March 8, 2013 at 8:16 pm

    Hear, hear Wende Anne Maunder! And, trees, animals of the natural world, the inhabitants of the ocean etc are part of the whole global balance ‘thing’. All those who abuse it will come to rue the day they did one way or another. Nature won’t take revenge in money! Comets, Tsunamis, earthquakes, flooding, disease, plagues … hummn

  • Lauren commented on April 5, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Badgers terrify me, they’ve always been my irrational fear. But never ever would I harm one. How dare these people think that they have the right to choose whether these poor things live or die. Scum.

  • Josephine Moore commented on April 11, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    We have to put a stop to killing these animals please.

  • kalinka smithowen commented on June 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    This is disgraceful…call yourself British…the badger is part of our natural Heritage….
    Like everything corners cut, the cheapest option taken.
    What next, when it doesnt work?
    There will be no remorse!
    Make the farmers pay to treat THEIR stock!

  • susan radford commented on June 4, 2013 at 10:06 am

    they push mmr vaccines for kids, why not push the vaccine for the cattle…Badgers are part of the British ecology…..Leave well alone…and dont murder them…..

  • Nicky commented on June 4, 2013 at 10:57 am

    They are useing the Injection in St Ives so why cant the other counties do the same. When some cows get slaughtered for Tb they find they haven’t got it so test is flawed anyway.

  • Sue Tookey commented on June 4, 2013 at 11:00 am

    ‘Money is the root of all evil’ and unfortunately that’s the kind of world we live in where money comes first in the scheme of things, in particular with the Government we have at the moment, full of public schoolboys!! The wealthy seem to be one of the worst culprits of animal cruelty, with the shooting of pheasants, grouse, well anything really that moves and now it’s the poor old badgers turn. Leave our animals and wildlife alone, vaccinate instead………….

  • miss lawrence commented on June 4, 2013 at 11:10 am

    catch them and put in a safe place where cant upset people or other animals but dont kill uk lovely bagers

  • victoria smith commented on June 4, 2013 at 11:42 am

    The scientists are saying the culling of these badgers is going to make a marginal percent change in the number of cattle testing positive for TB. Seems to me we need to do some more research and come up with a better alternative before we shoot the badgers
    We need all the facts!!!

  • Mandy Mccarthy commented on June 4, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    Please stop its all our wild life we want it kept safe.stop trying to make out we need to cull.

  • margaret hilton commented on June 4, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    Please don’t kill these creatures just for profit. Vaccinate them and the cows. For goodness sake have some compassion and common sense, enough killing.

  • Averley Walters commented on June 4, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    This is crazy !! Man’s meddling will do more harm only to be shown in years to come then “We are sorry we made a mistake” will be too little & too late .. shame on this goverment myself & my whole family will not vote for this party ever again ! Leave nature be !!!

  • lee garrard commented on June 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Outdated,and cruel.I work with a sick twat,and he delights in killing animals.It eats me up inside to hear the thing’s he comes out with.This sort of thing just’s makes his day.Why are people so cruel,badgers were about long before us,why do humans have to always interfere.My question is,what’s gonna happen when we kill all these poor defensive animals?? What are the big strong brave men&women gonna do then?? I think they should go over to help are boy’s out. Or would that not be fair for someone else shooting at them.

  • Edwina Curtis commented on October 11, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Have not, being given life, whatever you are, have a right to keep it. I am so glad that the Government have not decided that I am a problem and have to be exterminated.

  • Carole Heath commented on August 24, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I do hope the Badger cull is not going to be resumed again soon. I completely disagree with this cull. The argument is gassing maybe better than killing the badgers with guns. I think they are both as bad as each other. Why can’t the cattle be injected against the bovine TB which the Badgers are said to pass onto the cattle. By killings lots of Badgers they are messing about with the ecosystem in our countryside I think. It seems to me if something doesn’t fit a certain agenda get rid of it. Badgers are and have been a part of our country side for centuries we don’t want a Badger free UK so I hope they are left alone to live in peace. What with fox hunting which to m mind a cruel sport to give pleasure to people who have not respect for wildlife.

  • Laurence Jasper Carlcrosse commented on August 24, 2014 at 7:48 pm

    I could not agree more Carole with your comment Fox hunting and Badger culls are cruelty against these animals humanity interfering with nature again I to hope the Badger cull doesn’t start up again. I used to visit a local woods near my home in Buckinghamshire where Badgers lived at night sit quietly and watch the Badgers amazing animals long may they reign.

  • S commented on June 15, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    I am going to send a donation to the League Against Cruel Sports for every badger killed in the cull, so David Cameron can shove that up his rectal prolapse.

  • Laura commented on January 8, 2016 at 10:37 am

    I am so upset about this badger cull but one person alone can’t do anything so I’m not sure if it will do any good but I have set up a petition on Care2 asking for signatures. They seem to get a lot of action so I thought I would give it a try, I can’t lose anything and if it helps stop this senseless killing of these beautiful animals then at least I’ve tried. If anyone is interested in signing my petition please go to the following website . Thankyou

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