Badger cull figures for 2017

19274 badgers killed

On the day of the Winter Solstice, the Government released the number of badgers killed in the 2017 badger cull, although neither of the original zones of West Somerset or West Gloucestershire are included – yet.  For now, all the information supplied by the Government can be found here:

Summary of badger control monitoring during 2017
High level summary of the badger cull in 2017

Annex A1 – updating of minimum and maximum numbers during the cull
Changing the numbers half way through so that targets can be met

Annex A2: Data from the cull areas in 2017
Specific information from each cull zone

Annex B – Natural England compliance monitoring summary of the 2017 badger control licences
Compliance with licence conditions

Although the killing of nearly 20,000 badgers is far too many for such an immoral and unethical attack on a protected species, we know that the number would be far higher without so many passionate people going out into the fields day and night to protect badgers far and wide. Not only that but the cull companies and contractors know that they’re being monitored and are deterred from committing wildlife crimes. And finally, our presence consistently reminds the Government that their badger cull policy is unpopular and unwanted by the majority of the British public in the most visible way possible. So thank you to everyone who stands up for badgers – they have no voice but we can speak (or shout) on their behalf.  Meantime, let’s hope 2018 sees some sanity prevail and Michael Gove suspend badger culling to undertake a thorough scientific investigation into the issues.

Public anger soars as shameful badger cull exposed

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How long does the Government think it can ignore its electorate? BAN has received so many emails in response to press images of badgers shot dead and piled up in a Wiltshire cull zone that we wanted to share some snippets more widely. The public has always been against the badger cull and our inbox shows they are becoming increasingly angry – and rightly so.

This government is totally bloodthirsty and only interested in killing… not how they are killed.”  TOM
Why is the badger cull continuing with no evidence of any benefit? Why is the cull being carried out in such an inhumane way?LISA
This can’t go on any more. How can this be about TB?  If they were that worried, why weren’t the badgers’ bodies disposed of correctly? It’s only about money and people who enjoy killing our beautiful badgers just for the pleasure of it.”  KAREN
Could you tell me why badgers are being killed when TB has not fallen at all in the cull zones and why the badgers that are shot are not tested for TB so we know if any have the disease?ANDREW
Why is all the scientific evidence rejected?KEITH
How absolutely heart-wrenching (that) in this country our wonderful animals are treated so. The government should be ashamed, encouraging lack of empathy and letting people think that they can kill badgers willy nilly. What country has this become? What message is this all sending? Well! Here’s your answer. And don’t say we need badger culling because we damn well know we don’t.DONNA

If you’re feeling angry or upset about the badger cull, please contact us now to see what you can do to help save the badgers.

33,841 more badgers targeted across 11 new cull zones

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Licences for badger culling in 11 new zones during 2017 have been issued for the following counties: Dorset, Devon, Cheshire, Somerset and Wiltshire. There will also be further culling in Cornwall, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire as well as the two original zones in West Somerset and Gloucestershire.

All the letters of authorisation can be found here, each of which set out the minimum and maximum targets.

Dorset’s zone 3 can be found here and West Somerset/Gloucestershire can be found here.

The total maximum and minimum targets for new, existing and supplementary licences is:
Maximum:  33841 badgers
Minimum:  21981 badgers

Additional detail of figures and methodology can be found here.

This is an unprecedented attack on a native species that will do nothing to remove the threat of bovine TB. Now is most definitely the time to get involved, so please contact Badger Action Network to find out how you can help and where your local active group is based.