‘BADGER CULL TO LEAVE INJURED “BLEEDING TO DEATH”‘

Posted on September 23, 2012

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Today (23rd September), an item was posted on express.co.uk titled ‘BADGER CULL TO LEAVE INJURED “BLEEDING TO DEATH”‘.

‘… BADLY wounded badgers could be left bleeding to death in their setts while marksmen have to apply for licences to put them out of their misery.

A flaw in the Government’s badger culling policy means expert shots licensed to kill badgers do not have legal authority to dispatch the animals if they escape underground in agony.

Animal welfare organisations last night condemned the “ill-advised conflict” between the Government’s badger cull policy and the Protection of Badgers Act brought in 20 years ago to protect the creatures.

The RSPCA, International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Badger Trust, opponents of the decision to carry out a cull as a way of combating bovine TB, spoke out after the loophole in the “best practice guidance” notes came to light.

As marksmen prepare to begin trial culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset, opponents criticised a key point in notes drawn up by Defra and Natural England, the Government’s adviser on the environment. Section 54 warns: “If an injured badger is believed to have taken refuge in a sett, the sett must not be dug into or interfered with in any way, nor must dogs be entered into the sett.

“If sett interference is considered to be in the badger’s best interests, Natural England must be approached for a licence and any otherwise prohibited actions only taken after an appropriate licence to do so has been granted.”

Badger Trust spokesman Jack Reedy said: “We have a conflict between the brutal, ill-advised culling policy and a law designed to protect this species.”

Robbie Marsland, UK director of the IFAW, said: “A permit would be unlikely to arrive before either the badger has died a long, agonising death or has fled to other areas, very possibly spreading TB to other animals. A stressed and injured badger carrying the TB bacteria is actually more likely to develop the disease in its most infectious form.” …

Queen guitarist Brian May’s “Stop the Badger Cull” e-petition needs 100,000 signatures to force the Government to hold a Commons debate. Almost 80,000 have pledged support so far. See epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257 …’

Read the item in full and add your comment online at www.express.co.uk/posts/view/347664/Badger-cull-to-leave-injured-bleeding-to-death-

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