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RSPCA: Reaction to decision about the Badger Trust request for a judicial review

The RSPCA supported The Badger Trust's legal challenge of a badger cull in England and we are bitterly disappointed it was not successful.

David Bowles, the RSPCA’s Director of Communications, said: “We are bitterly disappointed that the UK Government in England is ploughing on with plans to kill badgers but the fight is not over yet.

“We believe culling is not a long-term, sustainable solution and will be of little help in reducing the disease - perhaps even making things worse in some areas. It will wipe out huge numbers of this much-loved species, virtually eliminating badgers from these areas, including many animals which are healthy.

“It is not as if there aren’t alternatives to a cull. Vaccination could be a more effective and sustainable way of dealing with the disease, and one which does not involve killing most of the badger population in very large areas of the countryside.”


RSPCA, Wilberforce Way, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 9RS
Press office direct lines: 0300 123 0244/0288 Fax: 0303 123 0099
Duty press officer (evenings and weekends) Tel 08448 222888 and ask for pager number 828825
Email: press@rspca.org.uk Website: www.rspca.org.uk

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