Conservationists have warned that eliminating badgers from certain areas is “likely to trigger an increase in other predators, such as foxes, leading to serious consequences for species and habitats”. The government is refusing to publish data showing the impact of the cull.
The government claims the reason it would not share the data is that it could be used by animal rights activists to “identify farmers and landowners carrying out the extermination”.
The Information Commissioners Office has intervened, telling the government to release the data or face high court.
Dominic Dyer of the Badger Trust said, “Tens of thousands of badgers are being targeted across the country in a blind cull where no badgers are being tested for TB and where we have very little information on the ecological impact of their removal.”
- The Guardian – Badger cull could see boom in foxes, stoats and weasels