To our dismay, we have found out that the ill-advised, inhumane and unnecessary badger cull is extending to new areas within Somerset and Mid Devon this year. This is in addition to the zones already running within their four-year licence.
Sadly, we also expect that the original West Somerset zone will continue culling, so the badgers of Somerset and Devon need new people to stand up for them more than ever before.
If you live in or around the new zones, it would be really helpful if you could let us know whether you’d be interested in getting actively involved with the badgers in your neighbourhood. Various experienced people would be willing to set up workshops to give you on-the-ground training – just let us know.
If you wish to get involved, please drop us an email (email Somerset or email Devon and Cornwall) with your name and the zone in which you are able to help. You can find more information about getting involved and why it’s important, on our websites.
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.