The 2019 cull has now started with the original West Somerset and West Gloucestershire zones being licenced for supplementary culling for the third consecutive year. This means 2019 has now officially become the 7th year of the badger cull.
Targets have been set for this zone, Area 2, as a minimum of 109 and a maximum of 578. Read the official Government authorisation letter.
On 20 June 2019 Area 3, West Dorset was licensed for supplementary culling for the first time. Targets have been set as a minimum of 163 and a maximum of 383.
Somerset Against The Badger Cull is a year-round campaign that aims to raise awareness of the issues surrounding the badger cull, locate setts and help protect Somerset’s badgers. During the period of the cull, it runs Somerset Badger Patrol to enable people to make a powerful, but peaceful protest against the badger culling policy. It also helps to save badgers simply by being in the cull zone.
We started our opposition to the badger cull in 2012 in the hope that the preliminary badger culls in West Somerset during 2013 would stop before they began. Since then, we have worked successfully during the subsequent culls of 2014 to 2018. In this time, we have saved countless badgers as well as lifting the lid on the chaos, unscrupulous behavior and criminal activity that occurs during and after each cull period.
Take some time to explore the site to learn more about the issues and how you can get involved.
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