Badger Massacre Continues

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Badger Cull 2014: Somerset and Gloucestershire Massacre ContinuesThe cruel and misguided extermination of wildlife continues in the UK this week, as the government has recommenced its horrific programme of badger culling – or killing, to call a spade a spade – in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

As a member of Team Badger, we are one of 25 different organisations with a total of 2 million supporters who are calling for the second year of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire to be stopped.

Dr Brian May, one of the most outspoken opponents of the widely condemned cull, summarised the shocking situation:

It’s almost beyond belief that the Government is blundering ahead with a second year of inept and barbaric badger killing. TB in cattle in England is currently at [its] lowest level in 10 years, the drop being predictably the result of improved husbandry in cattle. So this is a most inappropriate moment for Cameron to be wasting tax payers’ money persecuting our wildlife against the advice of every independent scientist in the field; even the Government’s own expert panel has branded the cull as ineffective and inhumane.

Current revelations from a whistle blower damn the process even more – making it clear that the numbers the present shooters are working towards are completely unreliable. This cull is a failure and a disgrace.

Last year, government sharpshooters killed 921 badgers in Gloucestershire and 940 in Somerset, and this year, many more animals will likely die, despite a wealth of scientific evidence suggesting that this slaughter will probably do little to halt bovine TB, and the government’s own report concluding that the culls were “not effective and that they failed to meet the humaneness criteria”.

Badgers are shy, sensitive animals who have been living in Britain for hundreds of thousands of years. During last year’s cull, hundreds of them died, frightened and in pain. As many as 18 per cent of them took over five minutes to die, suffering for every agonising second.

It’s the meat and dairy industries that are behind the inhumane badger cull, putting pressure on the government to make wildlife the scapegoat for some of the consequences of intensive cattle-rearing practices. One way to help badgers – and cows, too – is to stop supporting industries that hurt and kill animals by switching to a vegan diet. Get more information by ordering a free vegan starter kit. And for more details about the campaign against the badger cull and how to get involved, visit the Team Badger website for updates.

Image: “Badger” by Peter G Trimming / CC BY 2.0


  • Mordanicus commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Wouldn’t it be better to develop a vaccine against bovine TB than to kill badgers while the effectiveness of that measure is far from certain?

    • jenny commented on September 11, 2014 at 1:29 pm

      TB in cattle in England is currently at it lowest level in 10 years, the drop being predictably the result of improved husbandry in cattle.
      So this barbaric action serves NO purpose Just a blood sport for those that enjoy killing defenceless animals

      • Ellie commented on June 14, 2015 at 8:57 pm

        Yes people say that fox-hunting was a blood sport when foxes were killing cattle. That was banned, but now they are killing innocent badgers for no reason at all, just because they pick up TB from cows. It should be the other way round.

    • Senjuti commented on October 7, 2015 at 9:00 am

      Yes a vaccine is abetter option than killing animals……..

  • Carol Galvin commented on September 17, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Vaccination is the only way to beat TB, that’s why we vaccinate human beings instead of killing people. There is no difference, and no need to kill badgers, it is cruel and unnecessary. If culls worked we wouldn’t have to keep doing them, would we? Since we have culled previously and we are back were we started from it is obvious it does’t work.

  • susana commented on September 20, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    I agree with Jenny.
    I also think this is a horrible solution and an excuse for those who enjoy abusing defenseless animals.

  • tracie bowers commented on October 2, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    stop this madness killing these animals will not stop the spread of tb. VACINATE VACINATE VACINATE

  • Alan Theyer commented on October 6, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Again the government looking for a scape goat for their own incompetence.
    As previously stated BAD HUSBANDRY is the more likely cause of TB in cattle wich is why some MPs have changed their views on letting the gun crazy lunatics loose.
    Why not send the people who enjoy killing out to Iraq.

  • zena lynwood commented on October 13, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Please stop this killing badgers are a part of our british culture.vaccinate instead stop this senseless killing it doesn’t work.

  • Kim commented on October 14, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    This senseless & inhumane killing has achieved nothing, & its continuation will achieve nothing. Let’s redefine this word “cull” – it is a sanctimonious & hypocritical attempt at justifying legalised murder, torture & decimation of an iconic UK species. It rides rough shod over innocent creatures & those of us who oppose it (and we are many). Vaccination is the only answer, but this viable & humane alternative is steadfastly ignored by the powers that be. There are none so blind as those who will not see. Remember that everyone when you go to the Polling Station very shortly.

  • Brien Comerford commented on October 17, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    Brian May has been completely compelling and irrefutable in reference to this badger culling atrocity. He is more humane, compassion, cerebral, erudite and articulate than any UK politician. I never trust any UK Goverment official.

    Save the badgers, hedgehogs and cows. They have more earthly value than many members of this wicked Unity Government.

  • Brien Comerford commented on October 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    For the last five years Brian May has indisputably been the most passionate animal rights advocate and protectionist in the UK. Dr. May merits Person Of The Year Honours again this year.

  • Sharon commented on November 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I have contacted David Cameron to inform him that I am going to send a donation to his arch enemies, the League Against Cruel Sports, for every badger killed in the cull.

  • Jodi beaucamp commented on September 4, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    Totally against badger culling. Disgusting.

  • Karen White commented on October 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

    There is no excuse for the extermination of badgers. Innoculate cattle and protect our wildlife. Farmers give ‘permission’ for people to go on their land and shoot badgers and rabbits but they are often just cruel yobs who do it for killings sake.

  • carol hamilton commented on October 6, 2015 at 10:26 am

    This is just an excuse by farmers and sicko’s who enjoy killing.

  • Reh Kuester commented on October 6, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Please stop the badger culling!

  • Veronika Gligorovics commented on October 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Ihis terrible i hope that These animals Will be helped and rescued

  • Angela commented on October 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I can’t understand why the Government allow Badger Culling to go ahead when there is No Proof Badgers carry T.B. It seems that provided the Farmers say Kill them them the government allows it to happen. Next it will be back to Fox Hunting then using Dogs for testing. Sick Human Beings. Sadistic Human Beings.

  • nicki badock commented on October 6, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Total waste of money..again, aside from that the cruelty aspect is far worse

  • Emma commented on October 6, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    Stop this cruel cull Now there is no need to hurt thease animals.

  • marian edrupt commented on October 6, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Stop all barbaric behaviour to defenceless creatures

  • Shelley commented on October 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I understand why its being done and although I don’t agree with it I feel that there must be a better and more humane way to reduce badger numbers if that’s what’s needed. Leaving animals to die after being shot is NOT the way. With all our technology and science surly we can think of a better solution, perhaps vaccination.

  • Susan Howard commented on October 6, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    This is so wrong killing our wildlife surely they can inoculate the The cowles

  • Claire Keir commented on October 6, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    Leave our wild life a lone.

  • Muriel Larsen commented on October 6, 2015 at 11:34 pm


  • nina commented on October 6, 2015 at 11:39 pm

    It NEEDS to STOP!

  • Janet Sefton commented on October 7, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    This is not on in 2015 they should vaccinate cattle no excuse whatsoever !!! They have proved that where there are no badgers the cattle still got TB !!!! Look what DDT did !!!!!

  • edi kinch commented on October 7, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    Stop this cull please.

  • edi kinch commented on October 7, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Stop thecull

  • Margaret macgregor commented on October 7, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Such depravity in a species.

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