Rationale Against Cull

Why shouldn’t badgers be culled?

  • Scientific reports show no clear evidence that badger culls would be effective in controlling bTB in cattle
    • Unless carried out over large areas due to perturbation effect
  • May result in animal welfare problems if badger not shot cleanly
    • Could maim, cause immense suffering in badgers
  • Negative ecosystem effects
    • Exact badger population numbers unknown
    • Could result in local extinction of badgers in Great Britain
    • Impact on ecosystem unknown
  • Badgers not only route of transmission to cattle!
    • Many other species susceptible
    • Cattle-to-cattle transmission accounts for greatest source of bTB infection
  • bTB risk to humans is very low
  • Issues of public safety from free shooting

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