'Badger cull is becoming even more farcical,' says RSPCA chief executive
8:00am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
THE chief executive RSPCA is 'horrified' at figures from the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire.
Defra has announced that 708 badgers were killed during the six week pilot cull in Gloucestershire.
This represents just over 30 per cent of the estimated badger population.
The aim was to kill around 1,600 badgers.
RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: “The situation was a farce before – but these new revelations about how off-target in Gloucestershire cull has been are even worse.
“The Government is making a mockery of scientific opinion and their own targets by continuing with this cull – it is a complete shambles. Badgers are dying in their hundreds and it is likely that bovine TB in cattle in these areas is being made worse not better.
"The six-week trials were intended as a way of testing the effectiveness and humaneness of shooting badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB in cattle and this has clearly failed.
“An immediate stop must be put to this fiasco before more animal lives are lost and the spread of this devastating disease made worse.”
Last week Defra revealed 850 badgers out of a planned 1,020 had been shot in Somerset, which works out at around 58% rather than the 70% target. This pilot cull was subsequently extended for a further three weeks.
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