The government is consulting on relaxing the criteria that need to be met for farmers to get licenses to kill badgers in trial areas.
This government is dead keen to give the NFU and farmers greater ‘flexibility’ in killing badgers with the supposed aim of reducing bTB.
We need to reduce bTB. We may need to kill some badgers to do it – but the current approach is not based on the science and is likely to make things worse for farmers whilst killing lots of badgers.
ZSL’s Rosie Woodroffe has laid out the case against the relaxation of the licence criteria and indeed the case against badger culling forming much of an answer to bTB at all in an excellent blog here. I ask you to read it and then to respond to the Defra consultation (it’s quite quick (5 minutes) and very easy). The consultation closes on Friday so please do it now.