'outraged' by condition of shot badger near Burnham
campaigners have expressed their outrage over the condition of
a recently-killed badger that was taken to Secret World near Burnham-On-Sea
over the weekend.
animal was found on Saturday (September 14th) in the Somerset
cull zone by a regular night patrol of peaceful groups of people
voluntarily out at night looking for injured badgers.
body was taken to Secret World Wildlife Rescue in East Huntspill
where it was inspected by carers.
Pauline Kidner told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "People will be outraged
by the reality of what is happening in the Somerset and Gloucestershire
direct comments can be made on the 'humaneness' of killing in
this case without the involvement of a veterinary pathologist."
fact that the badger was not picked up immediately by licensed
operatives and was found some distance from where it was believed
to have been shot, suggests a period of flight after
the shot was made, indicating that death was not instantaneous."
says the veterinary surgeon who examined and x-rayed the body
described how the badger had been shot through the chest wall.
bullet had crossed the chest at an angle, forcing the stomach
and part of the liver through the exit wound.
added: "There is a lack of science to support the killing
currently taking place and great concern for the welfare of the
"Many people have been out walking every night to protest
against the cull. Recent reports suggest that as few as approximately
120 badgers have been killed in Somerset, although the allotted
period of six weeks is already halfway through."
would be a fraction of the minimum target of 2081 required by
the licence. At this stage in the cull the licence holder is failing
to kill the number of badgers that DEFRAs own figures suggest
would be necessary to have any impact on bovine tuberculosis in
Coward, Chairman of the Somerset Badger group, added: "Many
experts predicted the pilot trials were doomed to failure before
they started and the evidence gradually unfolding from the secrecy
surrounding all aspects of the cull operations would clearly prove
is a total lack of transparency and a truly brave Government would
admit this is a disaster and stop any further shooting immediately."
Defra spokesperson said: "We won't be going into details
about the culls while they're happening, but we are confident
that the badger Secret World claim to have is not connected to