Ministry conceals badger cruelty
NFBG - 16th October 2000
Conservationists today condemned MAFF for trying
to conceal horrific cruelty to one of Britain's best loved wild
- Badger cubs starving to death underground when their mothers
are killed. Badgers are culled by MAFF up to 30 January even
though it is well known that some dependent cubs are below
ground at this time.
- Cubs orphaned and left to starve in the wild. Culling
resumes on 1 May but this year alone, in one culling area,
conservationists rescued starving cubs left to fend for
themselves when their mother had been killed.
The report points out that:
- Badgers suffer and injure themselves while they are trapped
in cages. The report's author, John Kirkwood, states, “…being
trapped is a greater welfare insult than the dispatch procedure. Trapping may cause fear, discomfort, frustration,
injury and stress over a period of several hours.”
- Many non target animals are trapped and some injure
themselves so badly they die in the traps or have to be killed
by MAFF staff....
The NFBG obtained evidence in May 2000 that female
badgers were killed by MAFF, leaving dependent cubs. The auditor
observed a lactating sow trapped on 17 May 2000....
Animals trapped included foxes, rooks, squirrels
and pheasant. Some were dead already or needed to be dispatched due to their injuries....