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.
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.
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