England's government has confirmed an expansion of its controversial badger cull program, now offering £50 per a badger killed throughout most of the country.
The cull - which was called 'ineffective' by top researcher Professor Lord John Krebs in 2011 - is justified by the fact that badgers contribute to the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
Commenting on the cull, one government representative referred to bovine bTB as 'the greatest animal health threat to the UK' - but made no recorded mention of Krebs' 2011 findings or the estimated 40 million animals killed in UK agriculture annually.
A spokesperson for anti-cull group Wounded Badger Patrol said: "During a time of economic austerity it's shocking that not far short of a million pounds of taxpayers' money can be found to police the government’s badger cull in Cheshire."
Animal rights groups have urged the government to end the cull - which was the cause of over 19,000 badger deaths in 2017 alone, and was referred to by Badger Trust conservationist Dominic Dyer as 'the most expensive wildlife destruction policy in British history'.
RSPCA, representative David Bowles said: "We agree action is needed to deal with bTB, but culling badgers is not an effective way to achieve this.
"The cull is inhumane, ineffective and costly."
Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are prepared in the author's capacity and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Plant Based News itself.
Since you're here...
Plant Based News is a FREE service that receives millions of views each week on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our weekly newsletter and this website. This takes a lot of our personal time, money and hard work. But we do it because we KNOW it makes a difference. If those following our reporting helped by contributing, we could do even more. Please consider supporting us so we can create further awareness about animal rights, environmentalism, ethical consumerism and the plant-based lifestyle. Not a false narrative - but information that empowers people to make better choices.