Somerset badger cull fails to meet target despite extension

Somerset badger cull fails to meet target despite extension

Somerset badger cull fails to meet target despite extension

First published in News

DESPITE a three-week extension to the controversial badger cull, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has admitted that the pilot scheme failed to meet its target.

The cull ended on Friday (November 1) and it is estimated that around 65% of the badger population in the West Somerset cull zone were shot when the target was 70%.

DEFRA said that in total 940 badgers were killed.

Initially, the target number of badgers to be killed was 2,081 but this was revised to 1,020 after Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Owen Paterson accused the badgers of 'moving the goalposts."

Mr Paterson said the culls will deliver clear disease benefits as part of a four-year cull in the area.

An independent panel of experts are carrying out findings to make sure the pilot has been safe and humane.

Ministers and the National Farmers Union say badger culling is needed to control incidents of TB in cattle after 28,000 cattle were slaughtered in 2012, costing the taxpayers £100m.

However, animal welfare groups say scientific evidence does not support the policy of shooting badgers in an attempt to control the disease.

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1:08am Wed 6 Nov 13

Welly View says...

There are a lot of unanswered questions here.

What was the REAL reason for the cull? One minute the reason is to test that badgers can be culled safely, humanely and effectively. Then straight after the reason is to control badger numbers to contain the spread of bovine TB. Is the first a smoke screen for the second? Do you really need to shoot such a large number of badgers to prove it can be done safely, humanely and effectively?

And about the target numbers....... They aimed to kill a percentage of the "current population"........ Why do you need to shoot 70% to prove it was carried out safely, humanely and effectively? And where did the "current population" figure come from? If the current population is not known then the "target to kill" also cannot be known.

This has to be one of the most factually inaccurate cover-ups
I have ever witnessed.
There are a lot of unanswered questions here. What was the REAL reason for the cull? One minute the reason is to test that badgers can be culled safely, humanely and effectively. Then straight after the reason is to control badger numbers to contain the spread of bovine TB. Is the first a smoke screen for the second? Do you really need to shoot such a large number of badgers to prove it can be done safely, humanely and effectively? And about the target numbers....... They aimed to kill a percentage of the "current population"........ Why do you need to shoot 70% to prove it was carried out safely, humanely and effectively? And where did the "current population" figure come from? If the current population is not known then the "target to kill" also cannot be known. This has to be one of the most factually inaccurate cover-ups I have ever witnessed. Welly View
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11:06am Wed 6 Nov 13

FreeSpeech? says...

Well it's the same as fox hunting, in one breath they state they're keeping the numbers down and the next they tell us they don't catch many. I myself have come to the conclusion they are all full of cr*p.
Well it's the same as fox hunting, in one breath they state they're keeping the numbers down and the next they tell us they don't catch many. I myself have come to the conclusion they are all full of cr*p. FreeSpeech?
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