Badger cull: New licences ‘to be banned after 2022’
Is it just me , I don’t understand why we have to wait until 2022 to end this brutal outdated practice ?
From the BBC
New mass badger cull licences are to be stopped after 2022 under plans to phase out culling of the wild animals. The environment secretary George Eustice has launched a consultation on the next phase of the government’s strategy to eradicate bovine TB (bTB) in England by 2038. The drive will instead focus on vaccinating badgers and cattle. The first cull zones were created in 2013 in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Mr Eustice said: “bTB is one of the most difficult and intractable animal health challenges that England faces today.”
Farmers said it was necessary to control the disease that devastates the beef and dairy industries. Current policy enables four-year intensive cull licences in defined areas, with scope for a further five years of supplementary culling.
In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Eustice said last year more than 27,000 cattle in England were slaughtered causing “devastation and distress for hard-working farmers and rural communities”. “Badger culling is one of the most contentious and divisive policies within our bTB eradication strategy,” Mr Eustice added. The farming community has invested heavily in badger culling, which the evidence shows has played a critical role in helping to start turn the tide on this terrible disease. “But we were clear that culling badgers indefinitely is not acceptable.
“My proposed approach will enable us to complete the objective we set out to achieve when we started the culls. It will also support our stated intention of phasing out culling over the next few years.”
WWF by Peter Hanscomb The WWF has been protecting the future of Wildlife for nearly 60 years since it was founded in 1961. The worlds leading independent conservation organisation , its mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together. A brief history 1961 World Wildlife Fund was conceived in April,…
How to attract birds to your patch Here are our top tips on how to feed and attract birds this Big Garden Birdwatch. You don’t even need a garden – just a feeder attached to a window. What do birds eat? There are lots of different bird foods available, including mixes for bird feeders and…
Meet the Model , Ray the Red Squirrel Words by Peter Hanscomb, Images by Graham Stewart The red squirrel , Sciurus vulgaris is an arboreal, omnivorous rodent and the only native species of squirrel found in Great Britain . Under threat from both it’s cousin from the grey squirrel , which was introduced to Great…