The Western Morning News reports that shooters involved in the badger cull in Somerset are failing to kill anything like the numbers of badgers required to fulfil their quotas and DEFRA is in denial.
Mark Jones, veterinarian and Executive Director of Humane Society International/UK gave the following reaction: “The vast majority of shooting appears to be taking place without any monitoring whatsoever, only a fraction of badger carcasses are being collected for examination, the extreme suffering of wounded badgers who will die slowly underground is unmeasurable and nobody outside of DEFRA’s internal team has been allowed to examine or question its methods. With this level of unjustified animal suffering, DEFRA must not be allowed to stick two fingers up at transparency and get away with it.”
Read the full article here
Mark Avery’s blog on this subject is worth reading.
A new puppy and loads of work are keeping me from the countryside. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I will have some new images to share.