British government hates scientific criticism of badger killing

This video from Britain is called BBC wildlife Documentary – The BADGERS Secrets of the Sett – full length – David Attenborough.

From Wildlife Extra:

Independent badger cull monitors will not be asked to oversee again

The second year of the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire will not be monitored by The Independent Experts Panel, the Government has revealed.

The news was criticised by Labour MP Maria Eagle who accused the Government of ignoring advice they didn’t like or didn’t want to hear.

“Now ministers have confirmed that they will not allow further expert scrutiny of their disastrous policy when the cull resumes later this year. What do the Tories do if they don’t like the independent scientific advice they get? Stop asking for advice,” she says.

Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, asked the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs at Parliamentary Questions: “Whether he plans to ask the Independent Expert Panel, which recently reported on the first year of the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire, to report on the second year of such culls.”

The reply from MP George Eustice, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Natural Environment, Water and Rural Affairs, was: “I have no plans to ask the Independent Expert Panel to report on the second year of the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.”

The Panel had reported that the scheme was inhumane and ineffective in dealing with the problem of TB in cattle and as a result the Government postponed the potential badger cull across 10 further counties in England.

The report read: “It is extremely likely that between 7.4 per cent and 22.8 per cent of badgers that were shot at were still alive after 5 min, and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply.

“Controlled shooting in conjunction with cage trapping, over the 6-week period of the pilot culls, failed to remove at least 70 per cent of the pre-cull badger population from either pilot area. It is extremely likely that combined shooting and cage trapping removed less than 48.1 per cent of the badgers in Somerset and less than 39.1 per cent of the badgers in Gloucestershire.”

Badger cull company used Somerset’s constabulary ‘as private police force’: here.

A photograph printed in a weekly farming publication of cows and badgers together in broad daylight alongside stories about bovine TB could have ‘misled’ the public into thinking this kind of interaction was normal, according to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC): here.

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24 thoughts on “British government hates scientific criticism of badger killing

  1. David is a brilliant and highly respected naturalist and if the British government ignore him then I don’t know who they would listen to. I find it absolutely unbelievable that the government can be a part of this wholesale slaughter of wild animals. It is shocking. Why hasn’t anyone sued them? What are the environmentalists in England doing??

  2. Reblogged this on Petchary's Blog and commented:
    An independent panel of experts called the UK government’s unconscionable badger cull “cruel” and “ineffective.” So guess what? Next time the government isn’t going to have a panel of experts. And will continue the slaughter of these amazing wild animals without them, next year.

  3. I was just wondering how you set up the related articles section at the end of your blog – I am not sure how to do this, and it would be good to have this on our page to link to blogs like this one.

    Thank you,
    Tom Webb (Lancaster University Law School)

    • Hi Tom, presumably you don’t mean the three links called “Related”, which are at the end of WordPress blogs, including yours, and are made by WordPress. I think you mean the links above that, called Related articles.

      These are made by Zemanta. To get Zemanta on your blog, go to And then there download Zemanta for your browser (for Firefox if you use Firefox, etc). Then, next time you make a new blog post, or want to edit an old one, go to the Visual mode of your blog; so, not Text mode.

      Then, Zemanta, now installed, should suggest links to your blog post (based on what you have written in the post). I usually include some of those suggested links by clicking, and I don’t include others. Zemanta has more features (like suggesting links in your main text; suggesting pictures; etc.), some of which I use, and some which I don’t use.

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