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Save our Badgers - Say NO to Badger Cull in England and Wales! Say YES to vaccine!

Updated on August 11, 2014

!!Stop the Cull Now!!

The British government has refused to publish risk assessments of danger to the public during England's imminent night-time badger shoots
The British government has refused to publish risk assessments of danger to the public during England's imminent night-time badger shoots | Source
Controversial culling of badgers as part of efforts to tackle TB in cattle has gone ahead, in the face of protests from animal welfare campaigners.
Controversial culling of badgers as part of efforts to tackle TB in cattle has gone ahead, in the face of protests from animal welfare campaigners. | Source
Campaigners against a planned badger cull have received mixed news after environment secretary Owen Paterson confirmed the cull would continue from summer 2013
Campaigners against a planned badger cull have received mixed news after environment secretary Owen Paterson confirmed the cull would continue from summer 2013 | Source
Is The UK Badger Cull Necessary?
Is The UK Badger Cull Necessary? | Source

Mass Cull of Badgers

A chap came in the shop one day with a poster 'Save our Badgers' - I couldn't display the poster in the shop due to 'company policy' however I kept it to read and display somewhere perhaps in my car window or somewhere else for everyone to see. It seems that the Badgers are being blamed for passing Bovine TB to cattle but apparently this is only 'heresay' there is no actual proof that the Badgers are to blame.



Apparently, a mass cull has been sanctioned by our coalition government, giving farmers in England and Wales the right to kill Badgers on sight. There is also an option to vaccinate them but the farmers say it is too expensive. How do you way up the cost of the lives of these beautiful animals?



I don't believe that the government should sanction 'mass murder' of the Badgers on 'heresay'. I think until there is 'absolute proof' that Badgers pass the Bovine TB disease on to the cattle they should be left alone and monitored and if the 'proof' is provided then they should be vaccinated.



Say NO to culling the Badgers and YES to vaccine! Our badgers should be protected.

Myths & Facts

MYTH: Control of wildlife is the only way of getting rid of the bovine TB in cattle.

FACT: Other countries have dealt with the problem by controlling cattle movements.

MYTH: Bovine TB has spread because of better legal protection for the badger.

FACT: There are many cases of bovine tb in cows where there are no badgers.

MYTH: Badgers infected with bovine TB suffer, so culling them would improve their welfare.

FACT: Few badgers have the disease (under 15 per cent in one study) and there is no evidence it impacts on the badger population.

MYTH: Culls in Ireland, the U.S. and New Zealand have proved this method could work in England.

FACT: There are many differences between these countries. In Northern Ireland, bovine tb is decreasing without a cull.

MYTH: Many scientists support the cull.

FACT: The government’s own scientific group said culling will make no meaningful difference and many reputable scientists agree it could make things worse.

The Badger Cull

Should Badgers be culled?

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Facts about Badgers

  • Badgers are related to otters, stoats, weasels, polecats and pine martens.
  • Badgers are nocturnal, shy, retiring animals that live in social or family groups.
  • Badger's homes are called sett's.
  • The sett is an underground home, often with lots of tunnels.
  • Badgers grow up to 36" long and weigh from 22 to 27 lbs.
  • Badger prints are broader than they are long with five toes and five long, they have non-retractable powerful claws that they use for digging.
  • A Badger's sense of smell is the most important sense. Badgers forage for food with their snouts constantly sniffing the ground ahead of them.
  • Badgers are omnivorous and eat a wide variety of foods, their main diet consists of earthworms, up to 200 per day.
  • Badgers are less active during winter months but don't hibernate.
  • The mating process involves "delayed implantation".  Females are able to mate any time after the cubs are born the fertilised egg does not implant in the uterus until December.
  • Badger cubs are normally born in February, the number of cubs usually being between one and three. Cubs emerge about May after spending the first 8-10 weeks underground.

Please Save Us from this extermination process...

Defra is under renewed pressure to call off its policy of badger culling in two counties of England  ...
Defra is under renewed pressure to call off its policy of badger culling in two counties of England ... | Source
Where is the absolute proof that Badgers carry the TB infection
Where is the absolute proof that Badgers carry the TB infection | Source
Everything that lives and breathes has a right to live and breathe...
Everything that lives and breathes has a right to live and breathe... | Source

Vaccine

Should Badgers be vacinated, instead?

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© 2010 Leni Sands

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  • leni sands profile imageAUTHOR

    Leni Sands 

    4 years ago from UK

    spiritwood thanks for the update ...Ifrom all accounts you can still sign the petition

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    spiritwood 

    4 years ago from Wales, UK

    totally agree. join your local sab group to help stop the cull. it will be back in the autumn :(

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    Leni Sands 

    4 years ago from UK

    Please save our Badgers - Say NO !Badger Cull and YES to vaccine! Protect the British Badger!

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    Leni Sands 

    5 years ago from UK

    Hey everyone - What are your views on culling badger in the UK?

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    Leni Sands 

    5 years ago from UK

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    Leni Sands 

    5 years ago from UK

    I do so agree with you Becky Katz, thanks for taking the time to comment.

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    Becky Katz 

    5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

    Eradication of any animal for the convenience of people should not be allowed to happen. Elephants are in dire danger, they are killed for their tusks. Rhino's are in the same boat. It is against moral law to eliminate any species and there are organizations to stop that.

    Testing should be done to verify if they are indeed passing bovine TD. At that point a mass vaccination drive can be started. That would be the proper way to go about this and I am totally surprised that your government is considering doing it in any other way. Keep getting the word out.

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    Leni Sands 

    5 years ago from UK

    bac2basics - the more support we get the badgers the better. Follow this link for more information: http://www.savethebadger.com/information.html

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    Anne 

    5 years ago from Spain

    Hi Leni. I heard about this a few weeks ago from a friend visiting from the UK . I think it´s a disgrace that this is being planned on hearsay. Badgers have been blamed for centuries for passing on TB to cows, but it has never been proved. The government should not start a campaign to eradicate Badgers without proof. Badgers have had enough persecution over the years and it´s time it stopped. Where can I cast my vote against this please ?

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    Leni Sands 

    7 years ago from UK

    Totally agree with you there lilyfly

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    lilyfly 

    7 years ago

    I'm afraid to say, animals always win, hands down with me, and I'm sure there are cases where that should not be- I guess I believe we are the problem, beginning, middle and end, to all the maladies of the earth... Thank you, these beautiful furballs brightened my day, as did your writing!

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    ChristineVianello 

    7 years ago from Philadelphia

    This is just horrible, I really feel that they shouldn't kill the badgers. It is truly upsetting.

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    Amy 

    7 years ago

    I think we should stop the slaugthering of these poor animals .i think they should get vacinned against it as human beings.....It is really sad that about 30,000 get killled every year .they desever to be alive like us .Why do it, please safe these poor creatures ...How would you like it ...Just think about that one before you do it .......thank you

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    ralwus 

    7 years ago

    I hope you all can save them. Ours are quite different, but related anyway. I have seen yours on some PBS shows on nature.

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    Leni Sands 

    7 years ago from UK

    Oooh I wonder if we could get members of your state appealing on behalf of our badgers? I took a badger to the vets once, it'd been run over in the road and was quite badly hurt I believe it is in a zoo now. That aside Badgers are nocturnal, shy, retiring animals which is probably why you haven't seen one. There are loads of videos on youtube and coming from a state that has a badger as its mascot you should check them out - see the videos above. Thanks for caring, dahoglund

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I've never actually seen a badger, but I do live in a state that has the badger as its mascot.

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    Leni Sands 

    7 years ago from UK

    That's what I say maggs224. Check first. However, I lso believe that they can catch them and vaccinate them (marking them in some way like they do with other wild animals) - I don't think it is necessary to kill them at all.

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    maggs224 

    7 years ago from Sunny Spain

    I love Badgers, it is a pity that they can't test the Badgers to see if they are carrying TB before they decide to kill them.

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    Leni Sands 

    7 years ago from UK

    The only reason they are culling the badgers is because they believe that they are solely responsible for infecting the cows with Bovine TB.

    I am going to look in to the issue further and will keep adding information to this hub until we have the full picture.

    Its a travesty that they so want to rid this land of these beautiful creatures. I just wanted to raise the issue here in hubland.

    It is interesting that the coalition have taken this action. The coalition is made up of the major party - the conservatives who approve of fox hunting and the liberal democrats who don't - and also don't appear to be able to do anything other than what the conservatives want them to do!!

    I hate getting political!

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    Nellieanna Hay 

    7 years ago from TEXAS

    WOW. Is there no end to the frivolous use of governmental control while real problems are being ignored, tolerated - or even funded?

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    b. Malin 

    7 years ago

    I think until your government has the true story, such drastic measures should not be taken. Are they destroying the farmers crops and lively hood...that of course I would not approve of either. I guess vaccination could be a good comprise.

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