Huge ‘Selfie Mosaic’ Delivered to Politicians Ahead of Decision on Cruel Badger Cull

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Today, we were at Westminster delivering a huge photo mosaic made with hundreds of selfies of people who want to stop the cruel badger cull.

Brian May and banner

Brian and badgers (2)

Kirsty Sonul Badger

PETA – along with other members of Team Badger, including Brian May and wildlife experts – met with politicians to urge them to halt plans to kill up to 100,000 more of Britain’s badgers across England. Scientists Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Professor John Bourne and Professor Ranald Munro also delivered expert testimonies on the ineffectiveness of the cull.

Over the past three years, 4,000 badgers have been shot in “pilot” badger culls in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire. An independent report commissioned by the government found that these killings were both ineffective and inhumane, with many animals taking five minutes or more to die. Making animals suffer in this way is completely unacceptable – and is doubly outrageous given that there’s no sound scientific evidence that killing badgers is an efficient way to tackle bovine tuberculosis.

The cull is also absurdly expensive. So far, the massacre has cost taxpayers an estimated £6,700 per badger killed.

Yet astonishingly, the government is considering rolling out the cull to a further nine counties in England. Over 100,000 more badgers could be killed. We need to do everything we can to stop this from happening.

Thank you to everyone who uploaded their selfie to the big badger mosaic. While we wait for the government to make its decision, please continue to show support for Britain’s badgers by sharing messages on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #ShootSelfiesNotBadgers.

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  • maggi simpson commented on July 12, 2016 at 10:40 pm

    Over the past three years, 4,000 badgers have been shot in “pilot” badger culls in Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire. An independent report commissioned by the government found that these killings were both ineffective and inhumane, with many animals taking five minutes or more to die. Making animals suffer in this way is completely unacceptable – and is doubly outrageous given that there’s no sound scientific evidence that killing badgers is an efficient way to tackle bovine tuberculosis.

    • Christine Masters commented on July 18, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      LEAVE OUR BEAUTIFUL BADGERS ALONE! BLAMING THEM FOR THE CAUSE OF BOVINE TUBERCULOSIS IS JUST AN EXCUSE, I AM ASHAMED OF HUMANS AND I WONDER WHO IS THE MORE INTELLIGENT!

  • Linda newton commented on July 13, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Please stop killing BADGERS theres were supposed to be living in a clever enlightened age …so why are we killing em? science says no… people say no … so…

  • Dan commented on July 13, 2016 at 8:28 am

    I’m sure it’s top priority!

  • Joanna Perry commented on July 15, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Make badger watch tourism a drawcard. Once badgers represent income and jobs, they will be protected.

  • nuala wainwright commented on July 15, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    PLEASE DO NOT KILL BADGERS – THEY ARE PART OF GOD’S PRECIOUS CREATION!

  • maria whitworth commented on July 15, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    On behalf of humanity …please stop this brutality. you need to be one we aspire to and frowned upon for not being a voice for stop this very wicked crime.

  • Lorraine Draper commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:00 pm

    Animal cruelty is wrong full stop . It is unforgivable that In this day and age it’s still condoned in so many places by so many people, it needs to stop

  • Robert Ford commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:10 pm

    Stop this now!!!

  • Hazel King commented on July 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    This is an inhumane and disgusting practice ,not supported by any reliable scientific evidence .Human beings should be caring for vulnerable animals ,not destroying them ,please stop this cull ,it is unnecessary and evil .

  • Pamela west commented on July 15, 2016 at 7:45 pm

    Badges do not cause TB in cows please stop the cull

  • jill osment commented on July 15, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    please stop killing them leave them alone. stop putting crape on the land we never had this when I was a kid.

  • Gillian Huggett commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    Why on earth don’t these killers of badgers please listen to the scientist which say there is no truth that badgers cause TB in cattle. Vaccination is the way forward, so why not try it before randomly killing these wonderful creatures.

  • Nancy O'Neal commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Thou shalt not kill. I don’t remember an amendment to that.

  • Carroll Trevor commented on July 15, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    The killing of Badgers does not achieve anything, other than the destruction of a beautiful animal. For goodness sake get a vaccine so that they and the cattle who may be affected vaccinated against TB.

  • Linda Badham commented on July 15, 2016 at 10:55 pm

    DISGUSTING DESPICABLE AND CRUELTY THAT WILL NEVER EVER BE JUSTIFIED .THE HUMAN RACE OR I SHOULD SAY THE HUMAN VIRUS HAVE MUCH TO LEARN !

  • Simone Ducrou commented on July 16, 2016 at 12:24 am

    What the hell is this world coming to?? Every living creature has a place on this earth and a purpose, be it to feed another creature in the food chain but certainly not to be killed on mass for no reason by humans. As humans we need to look towards our future and make sure we protect all of these amazing creatures…STOP THIS ABSURDITY AND START BEING THE LOVING PROTECTIVE CREATURES WE HAVE THE POWER TO BE!!!

  • Janet Gillett commented on July 16, 2016 at 8:29 am

    Protect Not persecute. Save our badgers.

  • David Flight commented on July 16, 2016 at 9:59 am

    They will never learn, enough is enough. God knows why they will not listen to sound advice and stop this cull. This new government will probably be more blood-thirsty than the last lot, looking at who is in it.

  • Carla Salas commented on July 16, 2016 at 11:39 am

    Killing animals is NOT THE solution for no thing!

  • Jane boyes commented on July 16, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    THIS PROPOSED ACTION IS NOT EVEN VIABLE. there is no positive evidence that badgers infect cows! Anyway, far better and cheaper to inoculate these lovely creatures. They have as much right to live as you do.

  • julie clee commented on July 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I urge you the giverment to stop this practice

  • shirley spratley commented on July 18, 2016 at 8:17 am

    this cruel practice is not doing any good clear one area of badgers and new ones move in. waste of life and tax payers money.

  • Sharron Fairgrieve commented on July 19, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Badgers have a bad enough deal what with horrid poachers digging them out of their sets and setting terriers on them for the name of a cruel sport…this is no sport its sick& barbaric! This is also how I feel about culling them also as it seems they aren’t being killed outright as I’ve read that the badgers endure suffering so its not just a ridiculous way of trying to be rid of (t.b) tuberculosis it’s also cruel & unnecessary. They need to find an alternative way to eliminate the disease within the badgers such as a treatment or a way of breeding the tb out of the badgers. We have the ability to do this but like everything else its easier to be rid of the animal rather than the disease….this world is so unkind & doesn’t care enough. Badgers are wonderful little beasties & are not so unsimilar to dogs. The cull will hopefully be stopped but I do not hold my breath, I will hold onto hope for them though. I’ve signed & shared so hopefully it will work

  • Tony Welwig commented on July 19, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    For the cruelty we perpetrate upon the wildlife of this world, I am ashamed to belong to the human race. I see badgers all the time when I am out for walks in the evening in the countryside. I wonder for how much longer I will see them if this government gets its way to reap death upon these adorable creatures. We only have one world but there are so many people who want to destroy every living wild creature in it. Poor, poor world.

  • Meher Behrana commented on August 2, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    Please stop killing. Animals are sent on this earth for us to appreciate and care for, they are natures gift to us. Please do not destroy wildlife. Be humane.

  • Sharon N commented on August 22, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Bovine TB was virtually eliminated in the UK by the late 1960s without any badgers being killed, and the disease stayed at that very low level for twenty years. Wales has rejected a badger cull and opted to tackle the bTB problem by eliminating cattle-to-cattle transmission. The Chief Vet in Wales recently announced that new incidents of TB in cattle in Wales have fallen by 28 per cent resulting in a 45 per cent cut in the number of cattle being slaughtered for TB. This leaves 94 per cent of the Welsh herd now free of TB. This policy makes sense when you consider that, according to RBCT data, only 1.6 per cent of badgers who were culled in England last year were excreting the disease sufficiently to pass it on and 85 per cent of culled badgers are likely to be completely TB free. Recent analysis of government data shows that the Welsh policy is working in Wales in contrast to England where bovine TB is on the rise in areas where badgers have been culled.
    Research proves that tb is present even in closed cattle sheds where it is impossible for badgers to enter.

    Similarly, after a ten year study, the Independent Scientific Group stated that “badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to the control of bovine TB”. If any badgers do carry TB the cull would make things worse due to the pertubation effect where culling caused badgers to scatter and spread the infection further afield.

    Intensification of farming practices and the huge increase in cattle movements are the real reasons for the spread of the disease. 14 million cattle are moved across the UK each year and dairy herd sizes have more than doubled since the 1960s-when bovine TB was at its lowest. There is a direct correlation between larger herd sizes and the spread of disease.

    Farmers are spreading infected slurry on their own land then killing infected cattle yet reinfecting healthy cattle with dangerous slurry from those now dead cows. TB may only be infectious on pasture for a few days (but potentially more depending on the weather) but it can remain infectious in cattle faeces for up to 2 months in the summer and 6 months in the winter. Recent research from Northern Ireland has suggested that excrement can aerosolise (i.e become dust particles) which is then breathed in by animals thus spreading infection. Slurry can run into waterways (where the bacterium can remain active for up to 58 days), which could be a vector for spreading it beyond the borders of infected farms. It should also be noted that badgers actively avoid cattle latrine areas.

    If only the farmers could understand basic scientific principles-but, of course, if farmers were a bit more intelligent maybe they could get a proper job.

  • Rose Skeats commented on September 9, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    STOP THE BADGER CULL.IT IS BARBARIC!

  • angela commented on September 9, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    I can’t believe that killing 10,000 beautiful creatures is acceptable!! We are over populated with humans is the answer to kill? No Killing in any shape or form is not right!!!

  • Anna Lockwood commented on September 10, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Badgers are not responsible!!!
    Would you put people down because they incubate every known disease!!!
    The unbalanced agricultural practices are
    Wild life is threatened anyway. Its unenlightened
    and ignorant !!!

  • Bryan Bye commented on October 7, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    I provided a simple way to address the badger cull. Unfortunately the owners of this website were not brave enough to publish my suggestion.

    No violence or threatening behavior was suggested, only a suggestion that you may not support your MP at the next general election.

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