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Less than one in four badgers killed humanely during Gloucestershire cull

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

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Less than a quarter of badgers were killed humanely during the recent cull in Gloucestershire, new figures show.

During the six week cull, just 543 badgers were killed through controlled shooting in the six-week period last year, 23 per cent of the 2,350-strong population, while 165 were cage-trapped and shot.

The pilot culls have already been criticised for not being effective, as the overall number of badgers killed fell short of the 70 per cent benchmark in both areas, here and in West Somerset.

In Gloucestershire just 30 per cent of the estimated population was killed in the six-week period and in West Somerset the figure was 60 per cent.

Both culls were extended and in total 40 per cent of badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and 65 per cent in Somerset.

Critics who claim it is not an effective way of reducing bovine TB in cattle, said the breakdown of the figures for methods of culling further undermined Government claims the pilots were successful.

Farming Minister George Eustice said: “Further details on the method used to remove badgers will be released in due course once analysed by the independent expert panel.”

Gloucestershire County Council has rejected the motion to write to Government requesting any further plans to cull badgers in Gloucestershire be abandoned.

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  • BobsYourUncle  |  January 27 2014, 12:50AM

    More questions than answers. 57% of the farms in the West Gloucestershire cull zone were not cattle farms. Why kill badgers and risk perturbation to surrounding cattle farms? Why would land owners agree to such a risky, perverse and divisive scheme? Why would they need to kill and remove badgers from their land if there's no bTB risk whatsoever. Why would this government champion a policy that has the potential to spread a disease even further, costing the hard hit tax payer even more? Many more questions than answers.

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  • Jake_Blake  |  January 25 2014, 9:43AM

    @EJANDODIN, Under what criteria do you consider vaccination to be "working well and effective"? Childish name calling of opponents doesn't substantiate you claims, it just demonstrates the emptiness of them.

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  • EJANDODIN  |  January 24 2014, 3:33PM

    Wales badger vaccination working well and effective, no police costs whereas English badger culls failed, costly and divisive. It's a no brainer to get everyone on board for vaccination but then again this is th Tories and they have 'no brains' and the less I say about the NFU the better.

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  • mmjames  |  January 24 2014, 3:07PM

    JemmyWood | January 24 2014, 2:48PM try the vacination route, which was blindly ignored last time? ......................... For good reason - go and educate yourself about BCG vaccine before promoting it.

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 24 2014, 2:55PM

    mmjames, the cull was as effective as a one legged man in an a r s e kicking competition, so why not try the vacination route that was blindly ignored last time?

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 24 2014, 2:48PM

    mmjames, The cull was as effective as a one legged man in an a r s e kicking competition...so why not try the vacination route, which was blindly ignored last time?

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  • mmjames  |  January 24 2014, 10:59AM

    JemmyWood | January 24 2014, 10:18AM Zoonitic Tuberculosis is no "jolly jape". It is a very serious world wide problem. It is the UK's Statutory Duty as signed up under OIE Regulations to deal with it and how the UK has managed to renege on this duty for so long is beyond comprehension.

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  • JemmyWood  |  January 24 2014, 10:18AM

    So why has GCC rejected the motion to write to government to ask any further plans to cull badgers in Gloucestershire be abandoned? Nothing to do with GCC being Tory run by the Cotswold Cavalry of course? and we all know how they like to hunt down defensless animals be it a fox or badger. I'm surprised the Country Alliance didn't try and dress up the badger cull as a jolly jape and sport to be honest.

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  • meymey  |  January 23 2014, 9:29PM

    this never worked in the early 80s and it wont work now, its always the same argument with the same result. ex farmer here btw, ex because i didnt agree with the conditions and the barbaric treatment of animals which is still allowed some 30 years later

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  • Minion  |  January 23 2014, 9:16PM

    There is nothing in this report to back up the headline. Where are the new figures from and what are they? Who decides if it's a humane kill and how? What a load of rubbish.

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