Badger Trust responds to cull extension

The Badger Trust has been very active in the media over the last few days responding to the announcement by George Eustice that badger culling can now be licensed in the low-risk TB Areas.

Dominic Dyer, the Badger Trust’s chief executive, responded to the environment secretary, Michael Gove, on the announcement on BBC Radio 4 Four Farming Today on Thursday 24 May. You can listen back via the links below:

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Legal Challenge
Moving forward, the Badger Trust is working with Tom Langton and his legal team to prepare a further Judicial Review High Court legal challenge on the decision. We will make a further public statement on this issue over the next few days.

Badger Trust has also been working closely with the Shadow Environment Secretary, Sue Hayman, on developing an alternative bovine TB policy that does not involve badger culling.

Sue Hayman is looking to hold a further Westminster Hall debate on the badger cull issue before the summer recess in late July, and will work closely with the Badger Trust on briefing MPs on the cull policy prior to this debate.

Badger Trust will also hold a public protest outside Westminster to coincide with the Westminster Hall debate.

Badger Trust joined other key wildlife protection stakeholders at a roundtable meeting with zoologist Sir Charles Godfray at Defra on 17 May. The meeting proved a useful opportunity to raise key concerns on the TB eradication policy and the Badger Trust will continue to work closely with Sir Charles and other members of the TB review panel in the months ahead.

Meanwhile, Badger Trust has helped to set up a new TB Policy Working Group in Wildlife and Countryside, which will involve representatives from Badger Trust, RSPCA, Born Free, Humane Society and Zoological Society of London.

This working group will produce an alternative TB policy review paper to be published at the same time as the Sir Charles Godfray Defra policy review.

After the successful anti badger cull march in Evesham on 5 May, the Badger Trust will be supporting a further anti badger cull protest march in the Prime Minister's Maidenhead constituency on Saturday 14 July.

Badger Trust is also working with the Devon Badger Group to organise an anti badger cull march in Exeter on Saturday 18 August.

Badger Trust is also working with our partner charities and campaign groups in the Team Badger Network to look at further joint events in the months ahead to draw public and political attention to the growing threat to badgers from the expansion of the badger cull policy.

Daily Mirror
Badger Trust worked with the political editor of the Daily Mirror to run an in-depth article looking at the LRA cull extension decision on Thursday 24 May - see the link to the article below:

Sunday Times
Badger Trust worked closely with the science editor of the Sunday Times to put together an in-depth article on the low-risk area cull extension on Sunday 27 May - click here for attached PDF copy of the article.

The Sunday Times article led to further coverage across the media over the Bank Holiday weekend in the Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Mirror - see media links below.