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The Badger Cull | Judicial Reviews 2019
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The Badger Cull | Judicial Reviews 2019

“The guidelines that have been produced are about trying to paper over the cracks of a problem that is so big that it should never have been started in the first place” Driven by government policy and, as ecologist Tom Langton explains in the following discussion, an unwillingness by academics to admit to previous oversights and the implications of new findings, the UK's badger cull is leading to badgers dying at a huge cost - to them and to us. By the end of 2018, the UK government had spent over £50m of public funds killing over 67,000 badgers – 30,000 of them in 2018 alone. More badgers are slated to die in 2019, but while the slaughter of badgers appears to be expanding the cull is facing a number of legal challenges and judicial reviews, and Tom Langton has been one of those at the forefront of taking the government to court. Charlie Moores spoke with Tom in late-May this year to understand more about the basis for the challenges, about the ‘carnivore release effect’ which ludicrously has led to Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, ordering in some areas the shooting of foxes as a result of the removal of badgers to protect cattle, ‘low-risk area’ culling, and – most controversially perhaps – Tom's opinion that it’s the responsibility of academics to now admit that the cull is a ‘nonsense’. Photo Charlie Moores (left) and Tom Langton, May 2019