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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Badger the Minister

Press Release

7th November, 2011

‘BADGER THE MINISTER’ - The Irish Wildlife Trust calls for an end to badger culling in Ireland
In these difficult times did you know that your taxes are being used to pay 75 government staff to snare and kill badgers in Ireland?
The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) is opposed to badger culling and the use of snares as a badger control. Not only is it barbaric and unethical, recent findings have shown it to be ineffective in the war on bovine TB. Badgers can die over extended periods struggling in these hideous devices while their young starve underground. Nobody has ever counted badgers accurately in this country.  While it has always been assumed that they are common animals, this can no longer be taken for granted.

·      115,000 badgers have been killed by the Irish Government since 19841
·      6,000 snares are set in Ireland every night2
·      €70 million of citizens money has been allocated to disease eradication programme this year alone3
·      Badgers are protected by Irish and European law

The IWT wants this practice to stop immediately. It is cruel, wasteful and damages Ireland’s reputation for its ‘green island economy’. The IWT recognise that bovine TB is a major problem for Irish farmers but it also must be recognised that culling does not work. Resources should be focused on a national vaccination programme. Faulty science and politically driven motives should not be used as excuses for slaughtering our wildlife.
Help the Irish Wildlife Trust ‘Badger’ Minister for Agriculture, Simon Coveney to stop this dreadful practice by signing this online petition at: http://www.change.org/petitions/the-irish-wildlife-trust-iwtie
You can learn more about badgers in Ireland and the impact of culling on www.iwt.ie. You can also donate to our campaign and be in with a chance to win a specially commissioned oil portrait of a badger family by Ireland’s top wildlife artist Morgan Gibbs.

If you’d like more information about this topic, please call Conn Flynn at (01)8602839 / 0878142343 or email  Conn at conservation.iwt.ie
2. Coughlan, M., Written Answers. Debates of the Houses of the Oireachtas, 2007. 632(4).

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