North Somerset animal charity speaks out against badger cull

PUBLISHED: 21:00 05 September 2013

The badger cull in Somerset has begun

The badger cull in Somerset has begun

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A NORTH Somerset animal charity has hit out against the badger cull happening across parts of rural

Somerset.

Members of the RSPCA branch in North Somerset has spoken of its sadness at the pilot cull which has seen hundreds of animals shot in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The charity has outlined its concerns about the methods being used to kill the badgers, and staff at Somerset branches are braced for calls about badgers that have been injured rather than killed.

Chief Inspector for North Somerset, John Atkinson, said: “The RSPCA is deeply saddened to hear the first shots now being fired against badgers in this area.

“We have campaigned against this badger cull for years for both scientific and welfare reasons. We care about both cattle and badgers, but this cull means badgers will die in their thousands but with limited impact on TB in cattle.

“We’re particularly concerned here in North Somerset about badger casualties which may be brought to us because of the cull. It seems very likely that the animals will be wounded rather than killed quickly and humanely and so they will suffer greatly as a result.”

The RSPCA has set up a dedicated emergency line if a member of the public finds an injured or dead badger around the cull area. Call 0300 1234999 and press the option for the dedicated badger line.

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