The Wildlife Trusts are aghast that more than 70,000 healthy badgers will be shot this autumn in the government’s largest ever seasonal cull.
The move comes despite the government’s promise just six months ago to support badger vaccination and move away from shooting this protected species.
The cull will result in the deaths of badgers which have been vaccinated by volunteers in government-funded programmes.
Oxfordshire is one of 6 new areas where culling has never previously taken place under government licences.
Since 2014, BBOWT has been running a successful badger vaccination programme. The results have proven that there is a much more humane way to tackle bovine tuberculosis that is also at least 60 times cheaper per badger than culling.