'Outrageous' badger killing slammed

PUBLISHED: 19:00 16 September 2013




AN ANIMAL rescue centre in Somerset has attacked the 'outrageous' killing of a badger found dead within the cull zone.

The discovery has flared tensions among pro and anti-badger cull groups.

Its carcass was found by night patrols searching for injured badgers.

It was then taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue centre near Highbridge.

Founder Pauline Kidner said: “People will be outraged by the reality of what is happening in the Somerset countryside.

“The fact that the badger was not picked up immediately by licensed operatives and was found some distance from where it was believed to have been shot suggests a period of ‘flight’ after the shot was made, indicating that death was not instantaneous.

“There is a lack of science to support the killing currently taking place and great concern for the welfare of the badgers involved.”

Adrian Coward, chairman of the Somerset Badger group said: “Many experts predicted the pilot trials were doomed to failure before they started and the evidence gradually unfolding from the secrecy surrounding all aspects of the cull operations would clearly prove them right.

“There is a total lack of transparency and a truly brave Government would admit this is a disaster and stop any further shooting immediately.”

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