‘War on Wildlife’: Green spokesperson condemns cruel badger cull expansion

Responding to the Government’s re-confirmation of its plans to expand the ‘‘scientifically illiterate, ineffective and downright cruel’ badger cull to ‘low-risk areas’, despite huge public opposition, Green Party Animals Spokesperson, Keith Taylor MEP, said:

“Just when you hoped the Tories might have finally understood just how much the British people care for animals, Michael Gove reconfirms the Government’s intention to massively expand its war on wildlife across the country. The badger cull is justified by such a poor understanding of the available evidence. It makes a mockery of any claims the Tories make about a new found love for animals.”

As bovine TB cases continue to rise despite the cull, the senior Green politician added:

“What we need is an urgent and genuine review of the Government’s bTB control policies. If only to reinforce what we already know: the badger cull is a spectacularly expensive, ineffective and downright inhumane policy – condemned by the Government’s own experts and the British Veterinary Association. In the past four years, the Government has massacred 15,000 badgers, at a cost of almost £7,000 a kill.”

“Despite the expense and extensive cruelty, not to mention the systematic destruction of a protected species, the Government still fails to provide any evidence that killing badgers is having a positive impact on reducing bovine TB infection rates in badger cull zones.”

“The scientific evidence and economic analysis tell us that the cull is an irrational and failed project. In fact, the latest government-funded report concluded that the UK’s bovine TB ‘control’ programme is nothing more than mass cruelty supported by a bad reading of the science.”

“The Government clearly has no interest in making the compassionate, scientifically sound and economically literate choice of putting an end to the cull once and for all.” 

“Rather than putting a bounty on our wildlife and condemning thousands more badgers to long, painful and unnecessary deaths, Tories need to refocus their efforts on effective, humane and evidence-based controls.”