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Gloucestershire's policing bill for badger cull confirmed as £1.7m

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: January 14, 2014

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GLOUCESTERSHIRE’S Police and Crime Commission took to Twitter last night to confirm the badger cull in the county cost £1.7 million to police.

Martin Surl tweeted out: “£1.7m is the 'estimated' total cost for policing the whole cull in glos - not just the extension period.”

The cull, which took place in Gloucestershire and Somerset, saw 1,771 badgers killed, but both fell short off their targets.

In Gloucestershire some 831 of the animals were shot.

The government not the constabulary itself is picking up the bill of the cull.

Campaigners have previously estimated that the controversial cull cost £4,100 for each animal killed.

The cull in Gloucestershire ended on November 30 after the Government decided the decreasing number of badgers seen by shooters had made hitting the target of 70 per cent unlikely.

An extension had originally been given for the cull to go on until December 18.

Shooters failed to hit their target of 70 per cent, with only 39 per cent killed.

Some 38 arrests were made by Gloucestershire Police in relation to the badger.

Some 15 were during the main six-week trial, while a further 23 were made in the extension period.

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  • oldlongdog  |  January 14 2014, 2:55PM

    That should read 21,000 hours in the comment below...

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  • oldlongdog  |  January 14 2014, 2:54PM

    The total cost of the cull so far is £7.3million or £4,100 per badger killed. http://tinyurl.com/qhqvzyt If the government had listened to the science instead of blundering on with with this depraved act of pointless animal cruelty then we would be well on the way to making a serious impact on the spread of bovine TB. In Gloucestershire alone, wildlife volunteers put in over 21,00 hours of their own time and resources into trying to protect these animals, all of which could have been put to use vaccinating badgers as they are in Wales. There was no need for any police involvement at all and relations between them and the public would have been maintained. Equally, relations between farmers and the public would be a lot better, too. So much for 'the big society'... Here's a quote from the ISG report on the Randomised Badger Cull Trial before this latest cull: "The RBCT yielded some evidence of transmission of M. bovis infection from cattle to badgers. The majority of cattle TB testing was suspended during a nationwide epidemic of foot-and-mouth disease in 2001; hence infected cattle remained able to transmit infection rather than being identified and removed. The prevalence of M. bovis infection in badgers rose markedly during this period, and declined again after cattle testing was resumed (Chapter 4)." This proves conclusively that badger infections decline with a reduction in cattle infections detected i.e. that badgers are merely a 'spillover host' not the primary cause of bTB infections in cattle. The same report concluded that increased cattle controls and testing procedures would have the greatest impact on the spread of bTB. And this has been the case; in the ONE year prior to the latest cull (following improved cattle controls insisted on by the EU) herd infections were down by 8.4% (Defra figures) without killing a single badger. The maximum the cull could achieve was a 16% reduction over NINE years and at a cost to the taxpayer of over £1billion... The government should stop messing about and get to grips with the science rather than listening to the superstitious bleatings of the NFU and the CA. bTB is a farm based problem caused by bad farming practices and it is the farming industry that needs to sort it out - at its own expense. Killing badgers is just a way of distracting attention from this and getting the public to clear up yet another mess the farmers have created.

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  • Jude177  |  January 14 2014, 12:02PM

    £1.7 million is the current Gloucestershire cost-and not the FINAL cost-nor does it take Somerset bill into account. Compare £1,800 per badger killed to £15 per badger vaccinated(army of volunteers to help instead of protesting and national and local projects)-a no-brainer! Plus-protesting is a key feature of a democracy-something our current government is keen to lecture peoples across the globe on! Indeed coalition government were prepared to go to war on principle of supporting protest in Syria! Final point-may have been arrests but come on Echo NO criminal prosecutions-apart from that is the cull operators(live ammunition left on public footpath AND an unlicensed driver crashing an uninsured van full of dead badgers into a public bust stop in the centre of Gloucester!).Jude W.

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  • Clued-Up  |  January 14 2014, 9:49AM

    The total bills aren't in yet. Amongst the extra costs not yet accounted for will be the costs of processing formal complaints against the police and - if they're proven - paying compensation to the victims and starting / renewing delayed prosecutions for assault, criminal damage and firearms offences. I've read of 3 formal complaints against the police; there are likely to be others not reported in the press.

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  • groundnut  |  January 14 2014, 9:29AM

    Very expensive Politics , when you choose to disregard expert Scientific advice. There is No longer any Scientific base for the Culling of Badgers as any way forward to the eradication of Bovine TB. In both Cattle and Badgers Science has already moved forward from research to implementation and field trials. Given fast tracking and proper funding and direction, it already has the competence and expertise. A large part of the problem is clearly recognised as follows. "But Ms Eagle made clear she believed her counterpart, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson was "not taking notice of the science", and that his "prejudices" were dictating the bovine TB policy.

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  • barryterry-2  |  January 14 2014, 9:17AM

    So do we assume that the Somerset policing bill was about the same ?

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  • agaga  |  January 14 2014, 8:33AM

    What was the total cost?

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