Annihilating a species for no reason is a crime.
TB in cattle is a severe problem for farmers and taxpayers, leading to the compulsory slaughter of 30,000 cattle and a cost of £150 million (more than $190 million) every year, but badgers are being used as scapegoats for something that is not their fault. An independent review in 2018 found that frequent trading of cattle and poor biosecurity on farms was severely hampering efforts to tackle the crisis. The scientists said it was highly desirable to move from culling to vaccination of badgers.
Tackling biosecurity, trading of infected cattle and testing makes far more sense than inflicting extreme physical pain on innocent creatures.
Badgers are being shot in a hit-and-miss approach. Bullet-riddled badgers don’t all die right away. Many are left to suffer before their organs fail and their hearts stop.
Badgers have a thick skull, thick skin and a very thick layer of fat. Their short, squat body means their legs often conceal the main killing zone.
Getting a clean shot is like taking a shot in the dark.
Less than 1% killed of badgers killed have even been tested for bTB, let alone infected with the disease!