We have told you before about the cruelty involved in the pointless slaughter of hundreds of thousands of badgers in England, in a vain bid to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle.
The first thing to know about this cull is that it does not work. Between 2013 and 2020, up to 160,000 badgers were brutally killed at the exorbitant cost of £70-million ($96-million) in a completely unnecessary exercise that does NO good for man or beast.
Now, the British government has announced that it will ‘phase out’ badger culling and grant no new licenses from 2022 except under ‘exceptional circumstances. Frankly, we at PAL are sceptical because after pledging to phase out badger culling in 2020, the UK government announced 11 new cull zones.
This latest statement also dodges the facts that ‘intensive’ culling will continue in 43 locations and that existing licence conditions provide scope for five more years of ‘supplementary culling’. Plus, between now and 2022, new licenses can be granted.
This is truly unacceptable and, one of the most astonishing things about the whole sordid mess of pointless cruelty is that the British Veterinary Association (BVA), the UK’s biggest veterinary association, is fully aware that the slaughter has not worked as hoped but continues to support the badger cull. Frankly, we battle to understand why.
We wrote asking the BVA to clarify its position. In response, we received a 72-page document that boiled down to saying: yes, the cull is cruel, but we support it anyway!
All UK veterinarians take this oath: “…above all, my constant endeavour will be to ensure the health and welfare of animals committed to my care.”
BVA executives know badger culling does not work and say that shooting them causes “welfare harm,” yet it supports the killing anyway.