Landowners and farmers should be offered vaccination and the issue of new licences should cease.
Professor Charles Godfray, at Oxford University, led an independent review commissioned by the government into the management of bTB which reported November 2018.
"It is wrong to put all the blame on [badgers] and to use this as an excuse not to make hard decisions in the industry, which unfortunately is going to cost
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It (culling) is NOT a science decision – it has to be made by ministers."
These are difficult times for us all, but we cannot allow this government to 'hide' a massive expansion of the cull behind all the other pressing troubles. Unless we act now, nearly 65,000 badgers could be shot this year alone. We must to make culling a key issue for politicians. Even if they support culling or follow the conservative party line, they cannot ignore a massive outcry from their constituents.
We'd love to know what you say and for you to share the responses with us.
You can read our letters to each of the parties below.
Two separate, but complimentary legal challenges are being mounted against the badger cull.
Tom Langton's Badger Crowd team are fundraising to 'Help Stop DEFRA Plans to Extend Badger Culling' . This case high lights the need to focus on vaccination and halt the expansion of the cull, particularly in low risk areas such as Cumbria. We recommend you follow his Crowd justice page and donate if you can.
Wild Justice are bringing a case against the licensing of Badger shooting. They argue that DEFRA and Natural England have failed to define humane practices and that unacceptably high number of badgers, killed by free shooting, die slowly and painfully every year. They have met their funding target - details and updates are here
Current Oxon. MP email addresses as at 15 Aug 2020
|Name/ Party/ Constituency|
|John Howell, Conservative MP for Henleyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|David Johnston, Conservative MP for Wantageemail@example.com|
|Victoria Prentice,Conservative MP for Banburyfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Robert Courts, Conservative MP for Witneyemail@example.com|
|Anneliese Dodds, Labour, Coop MP for Oxford Eastfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Layla Moran, Liberal Dem. MP Oxford W & Abingdonemail@example.com|