The news came yesterday that the government plans to continue and extend the badger culls into new counties. They have already taken place in Somerset and Gloucestershire since 2013 and in Dorset last year. The aim of the culls is to tackle bovine TB. Bovine TB is a serious issue for cattle farmers it affects thousands of farms and tens of thousands of cattle are culled each year as a result of it. There is a push to develop and approve vaccines for Bovine TB to vaccinate badgers and the cattle. However due to the expense and time this will take the culling option has been put forward as the main way of tackling the problem.
So the culls have been going ahead which so far has been a very costly procedure.
A quick look at the figures:
2015 round of badger culling
Licensed culls in West Somerset, West Gloucestershire and Dorset
badgers culled in 2015
total “badger control costs” for the year
- £1,212.68 equivalent per badger culled
- 743 badgers culled by “controlled shooting”
- 724 badgers culled by cage trapping