Important news

A selection of key news on bovine TB control and the English badger cull.

Badgers, Bovine TB and the UK General Election

25 April 2015 | Chris Cheeseman, letter to Stroud News & Journal (SNJ)
Badgergate is delighted to publish a letter about the badger cull policy from Dr Chris Cheeseman, badger ecologist and former government advisor. ... Read the full article »

Badger culls 2014: here we go again…

27 September 2014 | Badgergate
The latest round of badger culls is now well under way in England although there is little credible science or public support to justify the Government’s continuation of its industry-led cull. ... Read the full article »

Free shooting badgers: a decidedly risky business

Any day now, badger culling could begin again in England. Dr Chris Cheeseman, an experienced marksman and ecologist, considers the legal and public safety aspects of free shooting badgers. ... Read the full article »

Gassing badgers: Science vs. Royals

Badgers - a bundle of babies
Science vs. Royals: gassing badgers is the way forward says Princess Anne in the wake of the failed pilot badger culls, which relied on controlled shooting. Scientists however disagree vehemently. ... Read the full article »

Pilot badger culls fail on two major counts

Pilot badger culls were neither effective nor humane. This, according to the BBC, is the damning conclusion of the Government’s own appointed Independent Expert Panel. ... Read the full article »

The on-going pilot cull debacle

27 January 2014 | Badgergate
It’s nearly two months since the pilot culls came to an end. Despite spiralling costs and many other problems, Defra and the NFU seem committed to roll out the badger cull later this year. ... Read the full article »

Just how serious is Defra about assessing the humaneness of free shooting badgers?

Defra has released some further news about its badger cull humaneness monitoring methods that has got Badgergate even more worried about the pilot badger culls. ... Read the full article »

Bovine TB strategy for England launched

5 July 2013 | Badgergate
On 4th July, the Government announced radical new proposals for eradicating TB from England over the next 25 years along with a public consultation open to all that will run until 26th September. ... Read the full article »

Opposition Day motion against the badger cull defeated

10 June 2013 | Badgergate
On 5 June 2013, the Government succeeded in defeating the Labour Party’s Opposition Day motion against the badger cull by 299 votes to 250. The remaining 101 MPs either abstained, withheld their vote or did not vote. While the motion was defeated by 49 votes, the result came as no […] ... Read the full article »

Labour calls for Parliamentary vote on badger cull

2 June 2013 | Badgergate
Labour has called a Parliamentary vote on the badger cull on 5th June. Please help stop the needless killing of thousands of badgers. Ask your MP to attend the debate and vote against the cull. ... Read the full article »