By: Maddie G.
A badger cull is occurring in England to try and decrease the spread of bovine TB (tuberculosis) which they are known to carry. There is currently a population of about 300,000 badgers living in the UK occupying an underground maze of tunnels called a sett. These creatures have been around a very long time, surviving two ice ages, but because of government policies, there is a plan to reduce the badger population by 5,000 through a culling process (hunting/extracting from the public). This disease that they are supposedly carriers of, is passed on to cattle, causing farms to shut down all throughout two main parts of England, Gloucestershire and Somerset. It is very rare for a human to ever catch the disease. However, this issue is a huge controversy that is protested by many citizens of the UK and by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Lots of people and scientists believe that reducing the population of the badgers will not solve the spread of the disease and that it might even make the issue worse. Many people among the English public are opposing these acts of cruelty and have been pushing to “Vaccinate, not Exterminate” the badgers. (Read more…)