Michael Gove has replaced Andrea Leadsom as Secretary of State for the Environment and, as such, is responsible for the badger cull. So far, his voting record on environmental and wildlife issues is dismal, but when tackled by Nick Ferrari on 13 June, Gove said “now that I’m in this post, I’ll look at the science again.”
DO YOU WANT TO HELP PROTECT YOUR LOCAL BADGERS?
Last year the number of cull zones was increased, and badger culling took place in ten zones. Sadly, 217 badgers were killed in Somerset and appallingly a nationwide total of 10,866 badgers were killed. Unfortunately we expect the number of cull zones to be increased again this year. This means that if you’ve not had a cull in your area so far, it may be coming to your doorstep in 2017.
If you’re keen to get involved to help save your local badgers, there’s lots of things you can do. Check out our ‘Get Involved‘ page. Although this site is specific to Somerset, all groups will need to same type of help. If you’re outside of Somerset, head over to the Badger Action Network website where you’ll find contact details for all the current groups. If there isn’t a group in your area, why not set one up yourself? It’s not as difficult as you may imagine and Badger Action Network has a page specifically for people wanting to start a new group.
You could also join a Badger Trust affiliated Badger Group. These groups do much more than just protect badgers in cull areas. Many typically rescue injured badgers, run vaccination programmes and help educate the public about one of Britain’s most iconic native mammal.
PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE FOLLOWING SIMON KING’S PETITION TO END THE BADGER CULL – Thanks to everyone who signed Simon King’s petition to Parliament. The petition closed on 25 February and reached over 108,000 signatures and the issue was debated in Parliament on Monday 27 March 2017. If you missed watching it live, you can catch up on Parliament.TV.
GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON CONTINUATION OF BADGER CULLING – The closing date for responses was 10 February 2017. Many individuals and groups, including our’s responded. You can read the SABC response here.