This video is called Kill the Cull, Not England’s Badgers.
From Wildlife Extra:
Badger cull is ‘unscientific’ says former government scientific adviser
Former government scientific adviser and wildlife experts slam badger cull as unscientific and horrific in new HSI UK campaign video
September 2012. Large numbers of badgers targeted in the government’s proposed cull could be left maimed and bleeding to death and badgers could even disappear altogether from large parts of England, claim expert scientists and naturalists appearing in a new campaign video for Humane Society International/UK.
Chris Cheeseman, former head of wildlife diseases at the Central Science Laboratory, joins naturalist and broadcaster Bill Oddie, veterinarian and Humane Society International/UK Director Mark Jones, and Deputy Head of the RSPCA’s Wildlife Science Department Colin Booty, in a compelling five-minute video called “Kill the Cull, Not the Badgers” launched this week as part of HSI UK’s campaign to stop the proposed slaughter of English badgers.
“The government tries to justify this wildlife massacre by claiming it’s what farmers need to tackle bovine tuberculosis, but the truth is that the wool is being pulled over farmers’ eyes,” Mark Jones said. “The evidence is clear that shooting badgers won’t solve the problem of TB in cattle and it’s time that the government realise this. HSI UK’s new campaign video allows the public to hear the truth direct from the experts – this will be an unscientific and ultimately unsuccessful policy in which thousands of badgers are going to lose their lives simply because the government is unwilling or unable to reform farming practices.”
“Kill the Cull, Not the Badgers”
Bill Oddie said: “Some of those animals are going to get maimed and they will bleed to death, they will probably crawl underground and die. It is a truly horrific situation.”
Chris Cheeseman added: “This government claims that their policy is science-led but I’m afraid it’s not … [it] could lead to the deaths of — using their figures – up to 130,000 badgers over a few years to achieve an overall, at best, 16 percent reduction in cattle TB. Now there are those of us in the scientific community who actually think it [the cull] will make it worse, and I suggest that’s an unacceptable policy.”
HSI UK is one of the leading organisations opposing the proposed badger slaughter. As part of the ‘Team Badger’ coalition, HSI UK is urging supporters to write to the Prime Minister and urge a reversal of policy.
HSI UK has also gathered high-profile support for its official complaint to the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats (Bern Convention), to which the UK is a signatory and under which badgers are listed as a species worthy of protection. Recently a host of famous names including Chris Packham, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Jilly Cooper and Mark Carwardine, signed an open letter urging the government to delay its plans to allow for Bern to consider HSI UK’s complaint.
Network for Animals Condemns Court Decision to Allow Badger Cull: here.
February 2013. The Coalition’s decision to press ahead with two pilot culls – at a time when more new research has challenged assumptions about the badger’s role in bTB–shows contempt for public and scientific opinion, says the Badger Trust: here.
Activists plan to disrupt autumn badger cull after court appeal fails: here.
Brian May has pledged to raise millions of pounds to vaccinate badgers facing a government cull after claiming the animals deserve respect: here.
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- One in 10 livestock farmers illegally kill badgers, study suggests (guardian.co.uk)
- Badger cull: public won’t stand for this tragedy says Brian May (theweek.co.uk)
- RSPCA: Badger culls are ‘senseless’ (itv.com)
- Pilot badger culls set to go ahead (guardian.co.uk)
- Brian May saddened by badger cull decision (telegraph.co.uk)