As of midday on Monday the 20th of October the second year of trial badger culls is over. With the lack of an independent panel overseeing this years cull its hard to find out how much of a failure it really was. However the results so far are pretty damning, in Gloucester the number of badgers killed was less than half the minimum target of 615 and nowhere near the maximum of 1,091. In Somerset the number killed was just inside the 315-785 range, a range that was set deliberately low.
Thirteen hundred badgers in Gloucester and Somerset that would have been dead in a ‘successful’ cull are currently alive and well. The reason for this is not hard to work out. Every single night people from across the west country (often accompanied by friends from further afield) were out in the cull zones. Bristol AFed members were out each week, spending our nights in the dark fields and forests of the zones in all weathers, mag lights and radios in hand. We accompanied seasoned animal rights activists, Continue reading