RSPCA urges public to ‘save badgers’ from cull

The RSPCA has said people who are opposed to the possibility of a badger cull should make their voice heard as amatter or urgency.

The charity is urging supporters to contact their MP to voice their opposition to DEFRA’s proposals, claiming it is the “Last chance to save badgers from a proposed cull.

An announcement on badger culling in England is thought to be just days away.

DEFRA secretary Caroline Spelman is believed to have recommended a limited cull in designated TB hotspot areas over four years as part of a package of measures to control the spread of the disease.

She is expected to outline her plans at a Cabinet meeting on Thursday (7 July), which has fuelled speculation of an announcement being made immediately after.

But Farmers Weekly understands an announcement is more likely in the week beginning Monday (11 July).

In an article on the RSPCA website published on Wednesday (6 July) the organisation said it remained firmly opposed to any plans for a cull.

“And [we] believe now may be the last chance for those who agree to voice their views.”

The RSPCA said it thought the plans would be unlikely to work and could have severe welfare implications.

Licensing farmers to cull badgers could be inhumane and near impossible to monitor, it added.

It is urging supporters to write to their MP as a matter of urgency and ask them to pass on a message to the Prime Minister to let him know how they feel.