MPs tell Minister: the badger cull is ridiculous – are flies and earthworms next?

In response to today’s debate at Westminster Hall on the badger cull and bovine TB, the Humane Society International UK has criticised the government for continuing to ignore scientific evidence against culling as a method for eradicating bTB. The organisation argues that, despite opposition to the cull from animal welfare campaigners, scientists, veterinary experts, and MPs, who expressed their concern today during the heated debate, the government is not taking an evidence-based or humane approach in helping farmers to address the issue of TB in their cattle.

Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International UK, said:  “Today’s debate saw anti-badger cull MPs eviscerate the Government’s justification for persecuting badgers, and yet it was clear from Minister George Eustice’s response that the government will continue to ignore the scientific evidence and persist with a cruel cull that has not, and will not, eradicate cattle TB.

“We echo the comments of Dr Monaghan MP who called the killing of badgers ridiculous and redundant, and who was quite right to ridicule the persecution of badgers by pointing out that llamas, cats, bats, flies and earthworms also carry bTB and yet a cull of these species would be seen as preposterous. Steve Double MP’s assertion that badgers are ‘Britain’s biggest rodent’ was a low-point in a debate that saw pro-cull MPs and the Minister trot out tired and ill-informed excuses for a cull policy that is failing both badgers and farmers.” 

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Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For more than 20 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs. Our key campaigns include Kill the Cull opposing England's badger cull; Be Cruelty-Free to end animal testing of cosmetics; CITES and wildlife protection; Love Spain Hate Bullfighting. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at hsi.org Be Cruelty-Free is the largest campaign in the world to end cosmetics animal testing. Globally HSI is leading the charge to end cosmetics cruelty in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Taiwan and Be Cruelty-Free USA is spearheaded by The Humane Society of the United States. On the web at hsi.org/becrueltyfree

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