We’ve been here before where DEFRA say that culling Badgers is coming to an end and that was followed by a massive increase in culling! Forgive me if I find the combination of DEFRA and the Daily Telegraph’s Helena Horton (see for example here) not completely convincing.
The Guardian headline is more guarded;
The government announcement contains this phrase:
Government considers that it is important that intensive culls are deployed across as much as possible of the area where there is a reservoir of infection in badgers to ensure progress towards the 2038 eradication goal. Maximum benefits should arise after simultaneous culling across all licensed areas.’https://consult.defra.gov.uk/bovine-tb-2020/eradication-of-btb-england/supporting_documents/2021%20bTB%20Consultation_.pdf (section 8.4).
The rationale for this slight change in position isn’t given, but then the rationale for this government’s position on Badger culling has never been completely clear, nor completely based on the science, it seems to me.
As well as having a look at the consultation the appropriate response to this news is to sign this e-petition Ban the shooting of badgers immediately which has over 78,000 signatures and just under eight weeks to run.