The latest: Why are badgers being Scapegoated?
Badgers are harmless, loved, unique and secretive. Yet they face illegal trapping, baiting with dogs and 50,000 die on the roads each year in Britain. Now they face their biggest threat yet - the dairy industry!
In 2017 19,274 badgers were 'removed' by controlled shooting or cage trapping in an attempt to control TB in cattle, almost double the number of badgers killed in 2016. With the government announcing more expansions in addition to 'cull' areas already in place culling now covers 32 areas across 11 counties. Devon has six badger culls under way, with Somerset and Wiltshire having three each. Cheshire, Cornwall, Cumbria, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Staffordshire all now have badger 'culling'. As a result of this major expansion, 40,892 badgers could be killed by the end of 2018 - more than during the last 5 years of the badger cull combined. All this to appease the bloody dairy industry for a mess of its own making. Join the dairy boycott today.
Sadly, badgers are now being shot as part of a terminally misguided attempt to control TB in cattle. Badgers are scapegoats for farmers' failings and outrageous political backslapping.
During the so-called 'cull', thousands met a violent end at the end of a gun in a mass slaughter driven by the dairy industry.
Please help us spread the message that one of the best ways to save badgers is to dump dairy and tell others why you're doing it. We have produced our new Dump Dairy – Save a Badger leaflets (PDF) and posters. You can still get involved: order your free materials for door-dropping or stalls today.
Find out more about Viva!'s campaigns for badgers and please pledge to boycott dairy today.
Why are badgers being persecuted?
British badgers are still being accused by farmers of being the main culprits in spreading bovine TB. The real culprits are farming practices so intense that dairy cows face numerous infections and rarely survive beyond five years old. TB tests are often inaccurate, allowing disease carriers to reinfect their herd or to be transported around the UK, infecting new herds.
They are ignoring the 10 year study by top scientists which established that badger 'culling' will not control TB in cattle. This means many animals will be cruelly killed to no purpose - other than mollifying farmers who refuse to change their ways.
A dairy cow's babies are taken away so humans can have her milk. Many male calves are shot shortly after birth! Made pregnant again, she has to feed herself, her foetus and produce up to 120 pints of milk a day. Is it any wonder her immune system is in shreds?
Save badgers... and cows!
The surest way to save badgers now and in the future is to stop buying meat and dairy. The bonus is that dairy cows will no longer live in pain, you're likely to improve your health and you will be doing the single most important thing to protect the environment.