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Badger cull extension consultation - urgent action needed

Do you like badgers? 

Do you want to see them needlessly exterminated when a vaccine has been available and working for years in Derbyshire?

Please sign this document and help protect badgers.

Thank you.



  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 569
    They don't need exterminating but they do need controlling.
  • BrockmanBrockman Posts: 28
    There is no finesse in the options. 

    It’s either gas them or let them live.

    No “third way” here.
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,041
    anyone who has ever seen what a badger does to a hedgehog won't miss them.
  • BrockmanBrockman Posts: 28
    Or what a hedgehog does to a slug?

    Or a slug to a lettuce leaf?

    OK.  No worries. I just thought people on here might like to know what they are paying their government twice for. First they use public money to vaccinate the badgers, then they use more public money to kill them.

    I’ve made a chance available for people to have their say. I can do no more.

    Onwards and upwards.

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,041
    the last time I checked, slug numbers were not in critical decline.
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,330
    The funny thing about ecology is it's never as easy as one species is bad for another species (well apart from humans but mass culling is never popular there either). You can say reducing badgers might boost hedgehog numbers but what ecosystem benefits will be lost by reducing badgers? Somewhere along the line another animal in critical decline will suffer from the cull. Having said that this government is deaf to any kind of environmental protest so I don't hold out any hope for a further petition to stop this nonsense actually having any sway.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,680
    As @wild edges says it's bloody complicated.
    I love Badgers, except when they destroy my lawn, which is fairly often.
    I would love Hedgehogs, but haven't seen one for years, which may be related, in some way, to the fact that I have a lot of Badgers around.

    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • BrockmanBrockman Posts: 28
    No protest can change things if nobody joins it.

    What is the sound of one hand clapping?

  • CeresCeres Posts: 2,266
    There is never any subtlety to government solutions. If you remove badgers from the ecosystem, it will knock everything out of balance. Surely vaccination is the way to go?
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,330
    I bet the majority of wildlife lovers in the UK would fight for wild boar to be protected now but this is what most of the Forest of Dean looks like these days and they're not so popular with the human locals as a result.
    Learning to live alongside wildlife when we don't give it much space to start with is always going to be tricky and control will often be necessary and unpopular as a result. I still think the badger cull should have been a last resort with farmers given better support instead though.
    Tradition is just peer pressure from dead people
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