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An independent report states the UK government's badger cull is inhumane and is not effective. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has dropped plans for nationwide badger culls but will continue the culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire through the summer or in early autumn.
The government undertook the badger cull to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis. After six weeks, the pilot program has proven a dismal failure. Night-time shoots have led to the deaths of far fewer badgers than the government had estimated, as noted in the Guardian.
Even more, it is clear that a number of badgers were still alive five minutes after being shot and were therefore at risk of experiencing "marked pain," according to the report.
It is a relief to know that a nationwide badger cull has been called off. But the government must now put a stop to the badger cull everywhere and implement stricter testing and controls on cattle movements.
There is no logic to the badger cull. Even Parliament has voted against it. It will not stop bovine TB. It will only cause untold suffering to an iconic British animal. Please sign this petition and any other to prevent this cruel and senseless cull and to innoculate cattle against bovine TB. Thank you.
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