Environment Magazine

Badger Cull Cost the Cops Over $4 Mill

Posted on the 15 January 2014 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

image_16353_1_195315_1_38903_1_48_1_206168

from Earth First! Newswire

Well, the notorious badger cull ended on December 18 as an epic failure, and things keep getting worse for environment secretary Owen Paterson. According to figures released earlier today, policing the cull in Gloucestershire and Sumerset cost the police nearly £2.5 million (over $4 million), twice the originally projected amount.

That’s  £1,300 per badger.

According to one animal group, the cost of the entire cull was £7.3 million, with taxpayers paying £5.8 million of the total.

Paterson organized the cull with the initial intention of killing 60 percent of all badgers in the UK with the intention of reducing the threat of TB in cattle. Pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Sumerset county were initiated to test out whether or not a countrywide cull would be effective.

As it happens, activists around the area banded together and smashed the cull, playing cat and mouse with hunters, breaking traps, and disrupting the attacks. By the time the cull was called off, the shooters had achieved only 30 percent of their target.

During the nights of struggle, Gloucestershire Police arrested 38 people, mostly during an eight-week extension period granted to compensate for the incredibly low numbers. On some nights, thanks to the activists who put their lives on the line, no kills were allowed at all.

But Paterson kept up the good fight, telling Parliament that “…some of the animals we have shot have been desperately sick-in the final stages of disease…” He was really out to save nature and the animals from themselves.

Executive director of Humane Society International, Mark Jones, responded, “As a vet I find Mr Paterson’s claim that badgers shot in the pilot culls were ‘desperately sick’ highly suspicious. I know of no evidence to back this up, indeed all the available data suggests that even where bovine TB is rife among cattle, only a tiny proportion of badgers will be suffering any symptoms of the disease.”

The result of the cull has become a nationwide scandal, with the Liberal Democrats calling for an end to the program.

On the plus side, even if Paterson looks silly being caught in a lie, in the estimation of one activist, his failure to cull the badgers “brought together such a diversity of people together for the sake of the badgers. There has been good co-operation and acceptance of different tactics with those going on legal night patrols on footpaths working alongside those directly sabotaging the shooters with noise and torches. Meanwhile, the Badger Trust have been fighting the cull in court and the likes of Brian May have been doing the media bit. There have been lively pro badger marches in towns all round the country. Hunt saboteurs have reported an increase in support since sabotaging the cull. Those sorts of alliances and radicalising of the animal loving middle england could be a bit of an own goal for the shooting lobby.”

 


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Classy and Elegant Wedding in Santorini | Hollie & David

    Classy Elegant Wedding Santorini Hollie David

    The wedding of today’s couple was simply gorgeous! Undoubtedly, Santorini is one of the most preferable and romantic destinations to create your wedding, so... Read more

    16 hours, 13 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • Weather Or Not

    Weather

    Our weather has been all over the place. Yesterday was beautiful -- but chilly. A few days ago it was almost in the 80s. And the day before that, there was snow... Read more

    16 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Does GoDaddy Have Too Much Power?

    Does GoDaddy Have Much Power?

    It seems more and more domain owners are rebelling against the GoDaddy monopoly. Huge Domains also appears to be in the crosshairs of more angry domainers. Read more

    16 hours, 39 minutes ago by   Worldwide
    BUSINESS, TECH
  • Experience Burma Here…

    Experience Burma Here…

    Burma Burma is one of the newest outlet in the city catering to Burmese food lover. The outlet is located in Indiranagar just opposite to Glocal. Read more

    16 hours, 40 minutes ago by   Rohit Dassani
    DINING OUT, FOOD & DRINK
  • Our Kind of Cruelty – Araminta Hall

    Kind Cruelty Araminta Hall

    Psychological Thriller5*s Verity and Mike are an example of a classic love story. They met at university, fell in love and then seven years later,... Read more

    17 hours, 25 minutes ago by   Cleopatralovesbooks
    BOOKS, CULTURE
  • Opera Review: A Piece of Fairy Cake

    Opera Review: Piece Fairy Cake

    Joyce DiDonato sings a radiant Cendrillon at the Met. by Paul J. Pelkonen The lighting department: Joyce DiDonata as Cinderella in Massenet's Cendrillon.Photo b... Read more

    17 hours, 56 minutes ago by   Superconductor
    CULTURE, THEATRE & OPERA
  • Lizi's Granola Scones

    Lizi's Granola Scones

    This coming Monday will be Saint George's Day. All of the beautiful countries in the United Kingdom have a Patron Saint and the Patron Saint of England (where... Read more

    19 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Mariealicerayner
    FOOD & DRINK, RECIPES

Magazine