Stop Killing Thousands of Badgers in Massive Culls

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Target: Andrea Leadsom, United Kingdom Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Goal: End the unnecessary culling of badgers in rural areas in the United Kingdom.

More than 10,000 badgers were killed in the United Kingdom this year to stop the spread of tuberculosis to cattle, but there is no evidence that the badger cull is effective. In fact, since badger culling started, there has been an increase in bovine tuberculosis. This is because the culling disrupts badger groups and sends them roaming, which can then lead to the spread of tuberculosis. In order to fight tuberculosis, the farming industry needs to focus on vaccinating its cattle — this is a much more effective option than needlessly killing native badgers.

Despite evidence showing that culling is ineffective, the cull grew exponentially in 2016. Seven times as many badgers were killed in 2016 than in 2015, and badger culling took place in seven new counties. Half of the badgers killed were shot without being trapped, which is considered inhumane by the British Veterinarian Association. Since badger culling began in 2013, 14,800 badgers have been killed. The British government is also considering a proposal to extend badger culling past the four years that were originally planned, which will result in countless more unnecessary badger deaths.

The badger culls have led to the deaths of thousands of native badgers, and they are not an effective method to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis. It’s time to end these culls that have resulted in the needless deaths of so many animals. Sign this petition to tell the United Kingdom Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs that you want the badger culls to end.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Ms. Leadsom,

From August to October of 2016, 10,866 native badgers were killed in the annual badger cull. This is seven times as many badgers than were killed in 2015. Since the start of badger culling in 2013, approximately 14,800 badgers have been needlessly killed. Despite so many deaths, there is no evidence that the badger cull has been an effective way to end bovine tuberculosis. Some studies even say that the cull has led to the spread of tuberculosis, because badgers have begun roaming in areas that they did not frequent before.

Ending bovine tuberculosis is an important issue that needs to be addressed, but vaccinating cattle is much more effective than killing thousands of badgers. I urge you to end the cull that has resulted in the deaths of so many badgers, and instead, please focus on vaccinating cattle against bovine tuberculosis.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Peter Trimming

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8 Comments

  1. Cynthia Mattera says:

    This is sick! How do you even know the badgers are passing this disease on to the cows? Just ridiculous, and senseless murder of these poor badgers. Please stop the culling!

  2. LA CACERÍA ES CRIMEN Y NO TIENE PERDÓN, NO HAY EXCUSA PARA DESTRUIR NI MATAR. ESTO NO PUEDE SEGUIR SUCEDIENDO!!!! LEYES, LEYES, LEYES DETERMINANTES QUE CONTROLEN LA PLAGA QUE REPRESENTA LA CACERÍA!!!! EL SER HUMANO PIENSA EN MUERTE Y DESTRUCCIÓN, BASTA DE CRÍMENES!!!

  3. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    How heinously stupid are these idiots? Vaccinating cattle is carried out in Australia, and look at the massive size difference between the countries! Then consider the expanse of the cattle stations across the nation.
    How dare you murder these animals like they are disposable rubbish! Why are you not trapping and vaccinating them as well if your so worried, and want the disease to halt?
    Humanity has so much to answer for in the next life!

  4. The very fact of them walking from adger hole to badger hole to kill them could be spreading the very same disease they wish to avoid! How stuoid, inane and abusive is slaughtering thousands of innocent animals?

    Perhaps the vaccination of the cattle, better techniques of disinfecting persons who go from ranch to ranch spreading it, sanitizing procedures on infected ranches, tc will stop its oread vs killing an unrelated a imal. Humans are disgustng. No wonder the USA has spawned the Dumpster as a new president.

  5. Wendy Morrison says:

    STOP KILLINGS BADGERS and ALL other ANIMALS IMMEDIATELY!!!

  6. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  7. It is clear from your policies this has nothing to do with controlling bTB. It’s a lie you trot out every week to the British public, and is the excuse to conduct mass ecocide in the British Countryside. The FERA Ecological Impact Report 2013 flagged up the dangers to the ecological balance of most particularly coastal regions, and then you impose a widespread badger cull in the West country, knowing we will loose all our ground nesting song birds and our coastal waders as fox numbers increase and the foraging areas for hedgehogs becomes bigger. This is nothing but a slow and steady call for the repeal of the hunting ban, and a green light for widespread development on green belt land, unhindered by a pesky ‘protected species’. You are purposely re-engineering the ecological mix in the West Country to appease the hunting fraternity, and so continue to win votes from them. You care nothing for the species we will loose, some of them forever, from your full on policy of hatred of wildlife. There is a list as long as my arm of tried and tested bTB management courses you could implement but you don’t. You also make sure to burn the bodies of the badgers you kill in order that the public knows nothing of how many you have killed, or for them to be tested for bTB. You are behaving in every way possible like a wildlife criminal and should resign your post.

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared ?

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