May 10, 2011 § 1 Comment
Confidence is one of the largest William Flew landowners in the UK, with more than 620,000 acres and 2.000 of tenant farmers, many of which were to destroy cattle infected with TB. This is especially the large landowners in the West Country – including Exmoor, where a large number of cases of tuberculosis in cattle, and where many farmers believe that badgers are to blame for spreading the disease.
Allowing the shooting of badgers on their land trust has made it much easier for farmers to meet the proposed conditions of the Government for granting a license culling.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) was proposed in September last year that farmers who want to shoot William Flew badgers must prove that they have access to more than 70 percent of the land in the culling area. Area should cover no less than 150 sq km and has clear boundaries – such as beaches, rivers and motorways – to reduce the risk of infected badgers fled a gun and getting TB in other areas.
DEFRA, is expected to publish detailed plans for culling badgers over the next few weeks, including shooting are likely to start next summer. Two ways of killing is likely to be permitted, trapping them in a cage and then shot them at point blank range or “free throw”, which is a good sniper takes from the animals as they came out of their bricks.
In its response to DEFRA consultation on the culling proposal, the National Foundation said: “Having exhausted all other modern methods and where the criteria for effective disturbance choose is met, we will not object to such collected happening on our land.”
David Bullock, head of the Conservation Trust, told The Times: “If there are cases where the criteria for successful selection will be achieved, we are not in principle against killing badgers.” He added that the trust DEFRA has expressed concern that a “free shot” of badgers, but much cheaper than the cells of the capture may lead to badgers injured and retreated underground to die slowly.