Saltdean Badgers saved from death
16th May 2003 - BBC News
A group of badgers which was threatened with being culled has
The badgers had been causing a problem since
Seven months ago the Department for Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs (DEFRA) issued a licence to kill up to 16 badgers in Saltdean, East
Problems with the badgers first started in the 1980s after it was
claimed the animals were causing damage in the area.
Since then attempts have been made to resolve the situation.
The licence to cull the animals was withdrawn a few weeks after
it was issued after protestors staged vigils outside the houses
where the badger setts were.
Now DEFRA has announced it will provide funding to relocate the
badgers to an undisclosed area nearby.
Two artificial sites will be built and the badgers will be
excluded from the four problem setts and encouraged to use their new
Trevor Weekes, from the South Downs Badger Group said: "The
animal welfare groups are over the moon to say the least that DEFRA are now going to fund the relocation effort of these badgers.
"They have been involved since the mid-1980s with the particular
problem and it is about time a solution was found for the badgers
and for the local residents .
"We are pleased no further badgers are going to be killed and a
final solution has been found."