On 16 December 2016, the Government finally published the numbers of badgers killed in the 2016 badger cull. Sadly, 217 badgers were killed in Somerset. Appallingly a nationwide total of 10,866 badgers were killed meaning that more badgers were killed this year than in all the previous three years put together.
On top of this, the Government is now seeking to continue badger culling in West Somerset now that the original four year licence has ended. Whilst this is no surprise to us, it’s not good news nonetheless.
With further roll out in 2017 we need even more people to get involved to help us fight this policy that will do very little, if anything, to help control the incidence of Bovine Tuberculosis. Unfortunately, we have a Government that is willing to sacrifice our wildlife in the interests of satisfying a vocal minority who have no intention of giving any room to wildlife. Our badger population deserves to be celebrated; many people derive immense please from catching sight of badgers going about their own business. And we will not allow this Government to decimate their numbers in the interests of political expediency. We are out and about looking after Somerset’s remaining badgers and come the New Year, we will be actively recruiting more people to join the fight to save Britain’s wildlife.
2016 SABC Christmas cards now available
Once again we’ve produced fundraising Christmas cards to help offset some of the costs associated with re-surveying the Somerset cull zone. We also have some of last year’s Sam Cannon Art cards and prints still available.
Cards are £2.00 each or 3 for £5.50 and the prints are available at a reduced rate of £30 each. Orders are subject to p&p/fees. If you’d like to consider buying some cards or prints, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see this a larger version of this year’s designs click here.
The 2016 badger cull has ended in West Somerset!
For us 2016 represents the end of the four year cull license for West Somerset. But this year we also faced the very real threat of the cull being rolled out to South Somerset. Thankfully this didn’t happen but it can’t be ruled out in the future. As long as the Government insists on continuing with this policy, Somerset Against The Badger Cull will continue to stand up for badgers, conservation and science.
If you’re keen to help support the campaign against the badger cull in Somerset, please do contact us or join our mailing list. The Devon and Cornwall area now has its own website and for any other areas you can find the relevant contact details at the Badger Action Network website.