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Dept rejects call to stop killing lactating female badgers
18 January 2013

The Department of Agriculture has shamefully rejected a call to stop killing lactating female badgers. Condemning the Department's badger snaring as "cruel and inhumane", the Irish Wildlife Trust highlighted that when mother badgers are killed, their dependent cubs will starve to death underground.

The Irish Times (January 18, 2013) has reported that the IWT says badgers are an endangered species and are calling for an immediate ban on culling lactating females until July.

Responding, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine told the Times that there was "no requirement for a closed season in relation to badger culling".

According to the Irish Wildlife Trust, 6,000 Department snares are set in Ireland every night and a total of 90,000 badgers have been killed by the Irish Government since 1984.

"The Irish Wildlife Trust is opposed to badger culling and the use of snares," the group outlines on its website. "Badgers can die over extended periods struggling in these hideous devices while their young starve underground. Not only is it barbaric and unethical, recent findings have shown it to be ineffective in the war on bovine TB. Nobody has ever counted badgers accurately in this country and while it has always been assumed that they are common animals, this can no longer be taken for granted."


Please contact Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney and demand an end to his department's cruel snaring and killing of badgers.

Minister for Agriculture
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Please contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Remind them that the Wildlife Act, for which they are responsible, lists the badger as a protected species. Demand that they stop licensing the snaring and killing of thousands of badgers.

Director, Licensing Unit
National Parks and Wildlife Service
7 Ely Place, Dublin 2
Tel: 01-888 3214

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