Badger Cull

Corbyn's Vegan Agriculture Minister Reveals Why Badger Cull Won't Work

The Huffington Post UK | Kathryn Snowdon | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Vegan MP Kerry McCarthy has told critics that her eating habits have nothing to do with her opposition to the badger cull, as scrutiny builds on her a...

Government Authorises Further Badger Culls Against a Tide of Evidence

Mark Jones | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

The weight of scientific evidence and expert opinion suggests that badger culling should play no part in bovine TB control policy. Killing badgers is nothing more than an ineffective, inhumane and expensive distraction, and is proving to be a public relations disaster for government and for the farming industry. Unfortunately, it seems that scientific evidence, expert and public opinion counts for little.

Badger Shooting to Continue in Spite of Veterinary Concerns

Mark Jones | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

The culling of badgers, as part of the Government's strategy for controlling bovine tuberculosis in cattle, has proved extremely controversial and divisive, not least because of concerns over the humaneness of 'controlled shooting' (the shooting by marksmen of free-roaming badgers attracted to bait points at night).

Compassion - More Than a Word!

Sharon Bull | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Sharon Bull

Am I really to believe that I now live in a society that is increasingly growing into a 'screw you, I'm alright Jack' community - I do hope not? But...

General Election - Cutting Through the Blurb to Make Your Vote Count for Animals

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 20.06.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

One thing notable about this election, more than ever before, is that it seems that animals and animal welfare are being considered as a real vote winner (or loser, depending on your level of cynicism). So, with that in mind, here's a top-line summary for people that want to make their vote count for animals on 7 May.

A Compassionate Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

I lost my job as a top sales executive with a British brand leader, my company car, wardrobe of designer clothes and shoes, credit cards, my home and consequently my self-respect, because I placed all this material stuff above everything else.

Britain Unites for Wildlife

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 29.04.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

It was a chance to protest, to meet like-minded people and to learn about the issues, but most of all it was a chance to celebrate that if you love and care about wildlife you are in good company here in the UK.

Labour To Tackle Puppy Farms, Foxhunting And Badger Culls

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul vale | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Politics

On the 10th anniversary of the ban on hunting with dogs, Labour launched a bid to win animal-lovers' votes in the general election with promises of ac...

2015 - Year of the Fox, the Badger and the Elephant?

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

What's clear though is that something has to give. I'm not sure if it's just a New Year thing but strangely I think we may have reached a tipping point. Wildlife, this could be your year.

Badgers Take Centre Stage for the Next General Election

Dominic Dyer | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Dominic Dyer

Badgers have friends and those friends vote. No longer can politicians arrogantly cook up backroom deals with farming and landowning interests to destroy badgers, without paying a high political price.

Scientists and Vets Urge PM to Change Course on Badger Culls

Mark Jones | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
Mark Jones

A group of 26 eminent scientists and vets have written to the Prime Minister, urging his government to abandon badger culling and instead focus on cattle-based measures to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle.

Badgers... Time for Evidence-Based Policy Rather Than Policy-Based Evidence

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 05.01.2015 | UK Politics
Philip Mansbridge

This week heralded an all too familiar event in the UK Parliament - a House of Commons debate on the badger cull. With the second year of culling having very recently completed, politicians and animal lovers alike are eagerly awaiting the news of just how many badgers were killed over the last six weeks in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

Pilot Badger Culls Are an Important Part of a Wider Strategy to Tackle Bovine TB

Meurig Raymond | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

Bovine TB continues to devastate farming family businesses in large parts of the country. I can assure you that the NFU remains totally committed firstly to stopping the spread and ultimately to eradicating this disease and recognises that this will only be achieved by using every available option.

Another Cruel and Pointless Badger Slaughter Begins

Mark Jones | Posted 09.11.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

And so it begins again. In spite of all the evidence and against all reasonable scientific advice, the sound of rifles and shotguns will be ringing out at night across large parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset over the coming weeks, as innocent badgers are indiscriminately massacred whilst going about their nocturnal business

Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England's Badgers?

Mark Jones | Posted 17.09.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistakes.

Badger Blame Game Leading to Increased Persecution

Dominic Dyer | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK
Dominic Dyer

Badgers are our largest surviving carnivore and have lived in our landscape for over half million years. Some badger setts in our countryside are over 500 years old and date back to the Elizabethan era. However our relationship with this iconic species has often been savage and cruel.

Badger Culling - Incompetence on a Grand Scale

Mark Jones | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

In the end, the insistence by DEFRA ministers that culling should continue in some form or another only goes to highlight how little it cares for evidence, and how political this issue has become.

Farmer David Barton Forced to Shoot Beloved Cattle

Meurig Raymond | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

David invited us to his farm to video the tragic events unfolding. The result is an emotionally charged yet shocking video. We make no apologies for that. This is the distressing reality that farmers like David are having to face as bovine TB continues to devastate farming families across large parts of the country.

That Tree Is Someone's Home

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

At this time of year the birds are busy building and rebuilding their nests, rearing their young and are generally ravenous and noisy. Eastern philosophy teaches that it is important to provide food for the birds as a way of paying homage to the gods.

Bovine TB Devastates Dorset Dairy Farm

Meurig Raymond | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

More has to be done to stop bovine TB from destroying farming businesses and the livelihoods of the families that run them. And this must include dealing with the disease in badgers as well as in cattle.

No Further Charges For Kelly Brook's Fiance After Dead Badger Van Crash

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kelly Brook’s fiancé will face no further charges over an incident which saw him crash a van loaded with dead badgers into a bus stop during the co...

Princess Anne Calls For Badgers To Be Gassed

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK

Gassing badgers is a "much nicer way" to control them, the Princess Royal has said. Anne also spoke of her pro-stance on genetically modified crops...

Clarissa Dickson Wright Dead: Two Fat Ladies Chef Dies Aged 66

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Clarissa Dickson Wright has died aged 66, it was announced on Monday. Dickson Wright passed away on Saturday at Edinburgh's Royal Infirmary, the S...

Kelly Brook's Boyfriend Admits Crashing A Van Full Of Dead Badgers Into A Bus Stop

Huffington Post UK/ PA | Sara C Nelson | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Entertainment

Kelly Brook’s on-off boyfriend has pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention after he crashed a van loaded with dead badgers into a b...

It's Official: Badger Culls Were Inhumane, Ineffective and Unnecessary

Mark Jones | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK
Mark Jones

Last autumn, more than 1,800 badgers lost their lives in Somerset and Gloucestershire in the name of bovine tuberculosis control. Now the government-commissioned report by independent experts, who have studied the evidence, has shown our grave concerns to be justified.