‘They just want to cull badgers’

Posted on the 24th June 2014

A member of the Independent Expert Panel – the body charged with assessing the humaneness and effectiveness of the badger culls – has spoken out strongly against the government’s culling policy.

Having found that the 2013 pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire had failed on both counts, Professor Tim Coulson said ‘I am tempted to speculate that the Government no longer wants to know whether the pilots are effective or humane. They just want to cull badgers, regardless of whether the population or humaneness consequences can be assessed.’

Professor Coulson told the BBC: ‘Government agencies are stuffed full of very competent scientists. Presumably the concerns that they must have raised are being wilfully ignored by Government.’

Rather than abandon the failing culls, Defra has said it no longer wants the Independent Expert Panel to be involved with assessing them.

Read the Independent article here

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