Saturday, June 1, 2013

Badger Culling Due To Begin Amid Protests

Some 5,000 badgers are likely to be killed in two pilot culls, in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, which are expected to attract potential disruption and estimated policing costs of around £4m.

The pilots aim to ensure that free-running badgers can be killed humanely, with marksmen observed by independent experts to check they are killing the protected animal swiftly, and post-mortems carried out to assess speed of death.

The schemes will also assess whether enough badgers can be killed in a given area to have an effect in reducing TB in cattle.

A long-term study has found that culling 70% of badgers would be needed to reduce the disease in herds by 16%.