RIGHT-tourism

UK Wildlife – News Archive

Badger Cull Cost £7 million – That’s £4100 per Badger

  • Date: 6th January 2014
  • Type: National – Press Releases
  • Title: Badger Cull Cost £7 million
  • Summary: Culling badgers in England during 2013 cost £7.3million, according to official sources and FOI requests – which works out at £4121 per dead badger. Wildlife charity Care for the Wild has pieced together the costs of the cull from various sources to come up with the ‘final reckoning’ of the cull, which dramatically failed to kill enough badgers to have any positive impact on bovine TB.

Read the Daily Mail badger cull cost report

Watch the BBC Points West badger cull cost story

Read Dominic Dyer’s badger cull cost opinion piece

Read the Farmers Guardian report

Read the Farmers Weekly report

‘Secret’ Report on Badger Cull Revealed

  • Date: 20th December 2013
  • Type: National – Press Releases
  • Title: Secret Report on Badger Cull Revealed
  • Summary: A ‘secret’ report on the badger cull trials has been produced by Defra and Natural England, according to an FOI request – prior to the official Independent Panel Review which was meant to investigate the policy.

Read the Western Morning News report on the badger cull secret report story

Read the Gloucestershire Echo report on this story

Badger Army on the Move – Badger Cull Protests

  • Date: Various, 2013
  • Type: Local – Press Releases
  • Title: Badger Cull Protests Across the Country
  • Summary: Care for the Wild has teamed up with local wildlife groups around the country to organise a series of peaceful protests against the cull. Policy Advisor Dominic Dyer has spoken at all of them. Here is a selection of the media coverage:
  • Bristol – Western Daily Press
  • Brighton – The Argus
  • Hastings – Hastings & St Leonards Observer
  • Derby – Derby Telegraph
  • Witney – Oxford Mail
  • Manchester – Manchester.com
  • Kettering – Northants Telegraph
  • Bedford – Bedford Today
  • Taunton – ITV

Falling TB rates Expose RoI ‘cull success’ as Fantasy

Click here to read the full release

Click here to read the story in the Western Daily Press

Cattle-to-cattle Outbreak Gets To Heart of bTB Problem

  • Date: 11th November 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Cattle-to-cattle Outbreak in Durham Gets To Heart of bTB Problem
  • Summary: An outbreak of bovine TB (bTB) in County Durham, previously TB free, is being blamed on diseased cattle being moved from the south west.Reported in the Northern Echo, farmers are quoted as being “unhappy that cattle from infected with TB were brought here from a high-risk area”.

Click here to read the full release

Read the story in Farming Monthly

Supermarkets Should Help Farmers, says Charity

  • Date: 22nd October 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Supermarkets Should Help Farmers with ‘Cattle & Badger Welfare Scheme’, says Wildlife Charity
  • Summary: Supermarkets need to start paying decent prices for produce to enable farmers to make an investment in fighting bTB, including better biosecurity and badger vaccination programmes, says wildlife charity Care for the Wild.

Click here to read the full release

£2,200 Per Badger – the Cost of the Cull

  • Date: 17th October 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Every badger killed so far in the government’s cull has cost the taxpayer £2200, according to new figures.
  • Summary: As the number of badgers killed in Gloucestershire was revealed to be 708 – half the number they were aiming for – the combined total of badgers killed in both zones is 1558. Police costs have been estimated at over £1m per zone; Whitehall costs are around £0.5m, and £1m was spent last year on the cull before it was abandoned. Care for the Wild Policy Advisor Dominic Dyer said: “If the fact that this cull is morally and scientifically bankrupt isn’t enough, we’ve now got the fact that every badger killed so far has cost the British taxpayer around £2200.

Click here to read the full release

Read the story in the Daily Mail

Read the story in the Western Morning News

Missing badgers – call for answers. Read story on BBC website

Btb Rates Continue to Fall

  • Date: 16th October 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Time to Focus on What Works: Plea to Farmers as Btb Rates Continue to Fall
  • Summary: The number of cattle slaughtered because of bovine TB (bTB) in Britain so far this year has fallen by over 7% on last year – with the drop coming BEFORE the badger cull started. There has also been a reduction of over 5% in new herd incidents, suggesting that measures other than culling, such as increased biosecurity and tighter cattle movement controls, are having the desired impact.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to read the story in Farming Monthly

Farmer Admits: We’ve Been Gassing Badgers Illegally

  • Date: 9th October 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Farmer Admits: We’ve Been Gassing Badgers Illegally
  • Summary: A Somerset farmer has admitted that he and others have been gassing badgers illegally, according to a Sky News report. The report, airing tonight, recorded the confession while putting together a story on the badger cull. The implication is that farmers have been taking the law into their own hands while the official government cull has been taking place. Dominic Dyer, Policy Advisor for Care for the Wild, who worked exclusively with Sky on the report, said he was ‘shocked but not surprised’ by the revelation.

Click here to read the full release

Read Dominic Dyer’s article on illegal killing here

The Pictures the Government Didn’t Want You To See

  • Date: 16th September 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: The pictures the government didn’t want you to see – first dead badger pics from the cull zone
  • Summary: Despite attempts to keep images of dead badgers out of the public eye, the first pictures are emerging of a badger killed by a bullet in the cull zone. The badger, a young female, was dead when it was found early on Saturday morning on the edge of the West Somerset cull zone by one of the regular ‘Wounded Badger Patrols’ set up to keep an eye out for killed or injured badgers.

Click here to read the full release

Tiny Number of bTB Convictions Highlights Lack of Will

  • Date: 5th September 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Guilty as charged? Tiny number of bTB prosecutions highlights lack of will to stem disease
  • Summary: Farmers who deliberately transport cattle infected with bovine TB (bTB) to other farms risk a minimal risk of prosecution according to new statistics. In the last six years, in which time over 78 million cattle have been moved around the country, only 11 people have been successfully convicted of fraudulent activity involving bTB infected cows.

Click here to read the full release

A Shot in the Dark – Badger Cull Lottery Starts

  • Date: 28th August 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: A Shot in the Dark – Badger Cull ‘lottery’ Starts Amid Accusations of Deceit, Negligence and Incompetence
  • Summary: A cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire has begun which will lead to the deaths of more than 5000 of the ‘protected’ species, in spite of the fact that experts say the policy simply won’t work. International wildlife charity Care for the Wild has slammed the decision to go ahead with the cull, which is based on scientific evidence which actually summarises that culling badgers can have ‘no meaningful impact on the disease’.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to listen to our Dominic Dyer on Radio Five Live (from 2:22:16)

Click here to listen to our Dominic Dyer on Radio Four Today (from 2:54:00)

Watch our CEO Philip Mansbridge on Newsround

Read a report on this story from the BBC

Read a report on this story from the Guardian

 

Attempt to Thwart Peaceful Protest Refused by Court

  • Date: 22nd August 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Attempt by NFU to Thwart Peaceful Protest at Badger Cull Refused by High Court
  • Summary: The right to peaceful protest against the controversial badger cull, potentially due to start next week, has been secured after a bid to ban it by the National Farmers’ Union was rejected by the High Court today. Wildlife charities including the Badger Trust and Care for the Wild were extremely concerned when details of the injunction emerged this week. Rather than solely seeking to prevent intimidation against those involved in the cull – which is an acceptable aim – the wording of the injunction sought to prevent anyone from protesting peacefully within range of current and future cull zones.

Click here to read the full release

Read the story in Farmers Guardian

Watch our Policy Advisor Dominic Dyer discuss the issue on ITV/Telegraph video

Read Dominic Dyer’s views here

Read Philip Mansbridge’s views here

Defra will check on humaneness of killings ‘on the phone’

  • Date: 13th August 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Defra will check on humaneness of badger cull killings over the phone
  • Summary: Only 120 out of around 5100 badgers shot during the upcoming badger cull will be monitored to ensure the killing was humane, according to statistics in a Freedom of Information request. Wildlife charity Care for the Wild revealed the figures after putting in the FOI request, and also revealed that only two independent monitors will be ‘on the ground’ in the cull zones to check that the shooting is being done humanely.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to read the story in the Daily Telegraph

Click here to read the story in the Guardian

Click here to read our Op-Ed piece in the Ecologist

Bodger & Badger are Back!

  • Date: 17th July 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Bodger & Badger are Back! TV Due Return for One-off Anti-Cull Special
  • Summary: Kids TV favourites Bodger and Badger have returned to the screen for a special episode in which Badger unwittingly gets involved in the Somerset badger cull.  Saddened by news of the real-life badger cull due to take place in Somerset and Gloucestershire, the pair have filmed a one-off YouTube special in conjunction with wildlife charity Care for the Wild.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to watch the video

Read this story in the Metro

Read this story in the Independent

TB Meat Being Fed to Humans

  • Date: 7th July 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Meat from TB cattle is being fed to humans – govt TB plan ‘failing from farm to fork
  • Summary: Meat from more than 20,000 cattle per year infected with bovine TB (bTB) has been allowed into the food chain by the government, posing an unnecessary risk to human health, according to a report in the Sunday Times today. Acting on information given to a journalist by Care for the Wild, the newspaper has revealed that meat from over 88% of the 28,000 TB cows slaughtered in England in 2012 entered the food chain.

Click here to read the full release

Read the Sunday Times story here and here.

Watch the story on Sky News

Read the story in Farming UK

Read this story in the Farming Guardian

Bovine TB rates ‘lowest in six years’

  • Date: 12th June 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: TB Rates in Cattle Hit Lowest Level in Six Years
  • Summary: Incidences of bovine TB (bTB) in cattle have fallen again this month – meaning they are at the lowest monthly rate for six years.Today Defra announced that the incidence of bTB in cattle in March 2013 was 3.6%, compared to 3.9% a year ago, and a drop from 4.7% in December 2012. In the last six years, the figure has averaged at around 5%.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to read the story in Farming Monthly

Click here to read the story in Farmers Guardian

Hollow Victory for Government in Badger Cull Debate

  • Date: 5th June 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Hollow Victory for Government as MPs Whipped into Defeating Badger Cull Rebellion
  • Summary: A debate into the badger cull in the House of Commons today ended in defeat for a Labour motion that the cull should be stopped. The Coalition Government won by a vote of 299 to 250, though clearly the number of coalition MPs increased dramatically just prior to the vote, as the government ensured it did not fall to a second humiliating defeat on this policy within six months.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to read this story on the BBC website

We Will Brock You: Brian May Addresses London March

  • Date: 30th May 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release (on behalf of Team Badger)
  • Title: We Will Brock You – Brian May to Address London March Against the Badger Cull
  • Summary: Queen legend Brian May will address a mass gathering of badgers – or at least humans in badger masks – on London’s streets on Saturday June 1st to protest against the imminent badger cull. May and Bill Oddie will join thousands of people from around the country who are expected to turn out for the event to show their opposition to the Government’s cull.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to read the story on Sky News

Click here to read the story in the Daily Mail

‘Hard-culling for 25 Years’ – Owen Patterson

  • Date: 26th May 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Outrage as Owen Patterson declares war on the badgers – ‘hard culling for 25 years’
  • Summary: Badgers will be intensely culled for 25 years to battle bovine TB (bTB), Environment Secretary Owen Patterson has told the Sunday Times today. In a frank interview, he said that if the two trials this summer were successful, then 40 more cull zones would be created over the next four years.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to read the story in Farmers Guardian

Click here to read the story in Farming Weekly

Click here to read the story in Farming Monthly

Asda, Waitrose, M&S can supply badger-friendly milk

  • Date: 24th May 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Survey shows that only three of the largest supermarkets can guarantee that milk will come from outside the badger cull zone
  • Summary: Animal lovers who don’t want to buy milk from farms where badgers have been culled will be able to shop at Asda, Waitrose or M&S, a survey has confirmed.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to read the story in the Guardian

A Case of Foot in Mouth for Defra over Badger Cull

  • Date: 21st May 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: A Case of Foot in Mouth for Defra as their Own Evidence Reveals True Cause of bTB
  • Summary: Statistics released today by Defra in a bid to explain why the badger cull must go ahead in fact revealed the true cause of the bTB outbreak that they are trying to stop, say Care for the Wild. Figures show that incidences of bTB soared in 2000/2001, in certain areas. This correlates almost exactly with the relaxation of movement controls after the Foot and Mouth epidemic, which saw large numbers of herds restocked from the UK and across Europe.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to read the story in Farming Monthly

Magnificent Seven Hedgehogs Head Back to the Wild

  • Date: 18th April 2013
  • Type: Local – Press Release
  • Title: Magnificent Seven hedgehogs head back to the wild
  • Summary: Seven sick hedgehogs which were nursed through the winter by a wildlife charity are being released back into the wild. The ‘magnificent’ seven were rescued by members of the public at the start of the winter and taken to Horsham charity Care for the Wild. They were ‘autumn’ juveniles, meaning they were found alone and underweight when they should have been hibernating.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to see story in West Sussex County Times

Organic Sector must get off fence and oppose badger cull

  • Date: 8th April 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Organic Sector must get off fence and oppose badger cull
  • Summary: Organic food companies need to make a stand and refuse to use products from badger-cull farms, say a wildlife charity. The move could help boost the sector financially, while also acknowledging the animal welfare concerns of customers.

Click here to read full release

Click here to see story in Farmers Weekly

Click here to see story in Farmers Guardian

No Hiding Place for Hares

  • Date: 3rd April 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: No hiding place for hares as new ‘management plan’ says no to close-season
  • Summary: Wildlife organisations have reacted with shock and frustration after guidelines for the management – and shooting – of hares were published without any discussion of a potential ‘close-season’. A Code of Practice for brown hare management in England has been drawn up by the British Association for Shooting & Conservation (BASC), but a coalition of animal welfare groups claim that it fails to give hares even the minimal protection given to other ‘game’ species.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to read the Sunday Times story

Click here to see coverage on the Channel Four blog

Click here to see story on Politics.co.uk

Click here for story in Farming Monthly, page 7

Badger cull ‘threat to tourism’ is no surprise

  • Date: 27th March 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Badger cull ‘threat to Somerset tourism’ is no surprise – Care for the Wild
  • Summary:  Concerns that tourists will stay away from Somerset because of the proposed badger cull are no surprise, says a wildlife charity with expertise in tourism. Care for the Wild, which runs the www.RIGHT-tourism.org website to give tourists information on how to be ‘animal-friendly’ when they go on holiday, said that reports from the Somerset Tourism Association were only to be expected.

Click here to read the full release

Click here to see story in Farming Life

Lucky Easter ‘Egg’ the Bunny rescued from the cold

  • Date: 27th March 2013
  • Type: Local – Press Release
  • Title: Lucky Easter ‘Egg’ the Bunny rescued from the cold
  • Summary:  A tiny baby rabbit is being looked after by Sussex wildlife charity Care for the Wild, after a watchful Cowfold resident found it in their garden. The rabbit, named Egg by the charity staff, was freezing cold when he was found on Tuesday and spent the night at the Hawthorne Vet surgery in Partridge Green. Egg is now being looked after by Care for the Wild’s wildlife carer Tarnya Knight.

Click here to read the full release

Hare Removal – battle for 1000 hares shot a day hots up

  • Date: 7th March 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Hare Removal – battle for hares hots up as shooting lobby ignores calls for a close season
  • Summary:  A new plan to manage hare populations in England has been condemned by animal welfare groups after it ignored calls for a ‘closed season’. 

Click here to read the full release

Click here to see feature piece in Independent

‘Flawed’ badger cull given the green light

  • Date: 27th February 2013
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: ‘Flawed’ badger cull given the green light
  • Summary: The proposed pilot cull of around 5000 badgers in two locations will take go ahead this summer, according to Defra Minister Owen Patterson. Care for the Wild says the government should be looking at a viable vaccination alternative rather than ‘running blindly down a canyon’.

Click here to read the full story

Click here to see comment on Farming UK website

Vaccinating Badgers Can Cut Bovine Tb by Half

  • Date: 13th December 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Vaccinating Badgers Can Cut Bovine Tb by Half – New Report
  • Summary: New government-backed research has revealed that vaccinating badgers can reduce the level of TB within an infected colony by 54%.The results, from a four year study by the Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) and university departments, shoot a massive hole in the government’s policy that claims culling badgers is the only way to stop the disease.

Click here to read the full release

The ABC of how not to look after wildlife

  • Date: 25th October 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: The Coalition Government’s ABC – of how not to look after wildlife
  • Summary: British wildlife is under attack this week from three nonsensical policies which put the government to shame, says Care for the Wild.The government – which claims to be animal friendly – is pursuing a triple whammy ‘ABC’ of policies which show a worrying disregard and disrespect for wildlife in this country:
    A Anti-badger cull. Protesters were pleased to see a delay in the cull announced on Tuesday – but want to see it abandoned. .
    B Brown hares. Numbers of hares in England are diminishing rapidly, but DEFRA is currently rejecting calls from campaigners and all-party MPs for a close season.
    C Circuses. The Lords are discussing plans for the licensing of wild animals in circuses this week, despite massive public and political support for a complete ban.

Click here to read the full release

Tesco Coat-of-Arms Shocker – a Hidden Agenda?

  • Date: 8th October 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Tesco coat-of-arms shocker – rampant badgers suggest hidden agenda over cull? 
  • Summary: Press Release highlighting that despite being the only supermarket to come out publicly in support of the cull, the Tesco coat of arms is made up of three badgers

Click here to read the full release

One in Three Could Boycott Milk over Badger Cull

  • Date: 1st October 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: One in Three Could Boycott Milk over Badger Cull 
  • Summary: Press Release detailing the results of a You Gov poll commissioned by Care for the Wild that shows that 1 in 3 organic shoppers could boycott milk from badger cull farms.

Click here to read the full release

We Will Stop You – May and Care for the Wild Unite

  • Date: 19th Sept 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: We Will Stop You – Brian May and Team Badger unite to oppose badger cull.
  • Summary: Press Release detailing Care for the Wild’s work alongside rock legend and campaigner Brian May as part of Team Badger

Click here to read the full release

Fight to Save Britain’s Badgers Will Go On

  • Date: 12th Sept 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Fight to save Britain’s badgers will go on despite court ruling
  • Summary: Press Release commenting on the announcement that the Badger Trust lost their high court appeal and the badger cull has been deemed lawful.

Click here to read the full release

New Letter Sent to Benyon Re Close Season for Hares

  • Date: 31st August 2012
  • Type: National – Letter to DEFRA Minister
  • Title: Protection for Hares During Breeding Season
  • Summary: Letter recommending that we would be willing to discuss a voluntary agreement as an immediate interim measure to reduce pressure on hares while processes are put in place to achieve a mandatory close season through legislation and recommending that Natural England are tasked with managing this.

Click here to read the full letter

Badgers Given Another Reprieve

  • Date: 13th August 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release
  • Title: Badgers Given Another Reprieve
  • Summary: Care for the Wild has welcomed the decision to allow the Badger Trust to lodge an appeal against the High Court’s refusal to quash the decision of the Coalition Government to allow the killing of badgers in England.

Click here to read the full release

Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?

  • Date: 23rd July 2012
  • Type: National – Press Release (Campaign)
  • Title:  Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow?
  • Summary: Care for the Wild joins campaign to protect hares. Care for the Wild is today joining forces with the Humane Society International/UK, the Hare Preservation Trust and Conservatives Against Fox Hunting to call on the Government to introduce a close season to protect hares from being killed during their breeding season in England.

Click here to read the full press release

 

Fish farmers exceeding seal cull quotas in Scotland?

  • Date: 6th July 2012
  • Type: National – Project News
  • Title:  Fish farmers exceeding seal cull quotas in Scotland?
  • Summary: Our project partner the Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit is finding large amounts of washed up seal carcasses, shot under licence further to the installation of a controversial salmon fishery in the area.

Click here to read the full press release

Harry the High-Fiving Hedgehog becomes local star

  • Date: 13th June 2012
  • Type: Local
  • Title:  Harry the High-Five Hedgehog
  • Summary: A video feature and photo in the West Sussex County Times about an young hedgehog in our care, who puts out his paw like a ‘high-five’ when being held

Click here to read full article

Wildlife Tips

  • Date: 11th April 2012
  • Type: Local
  • Title: Top Wildlife Tips for Hedgehog Lovers
  • Summary: An article about how to care for wild hedgehogs

Click here to read full article

Suzzy the Squirrel

  • Date: 26th March 2012
  • Type: Local
  • Title:  Suzzy the Squirrel is Office Celebrity
  • Summary: A video feature and article in the West Sussex County Times about an orphaned baby squirrel in our care named Suzzy.

Click here to read full article

Bill Oddie Supports Our Badger Cull Campaign

  • Date: 28th March 2012
  • Type: National
  • Title:  Bill Oddie Joins Campaign Against Badger Cull
  • Summary: Various articles detailing Care for the Wild’s support of a complaint made by our friends at the Humane Society International UK, that the planned badger cull pilot breaches the Bern Convention.

Click here to read full article (1)
Click here to read full article (2)
Click here to read full article (3)