4:47 pm, Wed 01 May 2013
'Badger' flash mob protest against government cull plans
Members of the flash-mob perform outside Defra headquarters today
Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
badger-inspired flash mob performed outside the Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in protest against a government-led cull of badgers.
Around fifty "badgers" performed to Queen guitarist
Brian May's own version of The Badger Song, which was inspired by his band's hit song Flash. May is a vocal opponent to the cull.
Protestors with their faces painted as badgers demonstrate against badger culling outside DEFRA
Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire
The protesters are urging the Government to abandon "inhumane and impractical' plans to cull the animal to control bovine TB, in favour of using badger vaccinations.
Read more: Brian May calls badger cull go ahead 'very, very sad'
4:58 am, Sun 14 Apr 2013
Badger cruelty prosecutions almost double in 5 years
Cruelty to badgers is increasing.
Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The number of people prosecuted for cruelty to badgers has almost doubled in five years, figures show.
In 2007, 30 people were prosecuted in magistrates courts under the Protection of Badgers Act and by 2011 that figure had risen to 58, the figures obtained through a parliamentary question reveal.
The number prosecuted for crimes such as badger baiting has increased each year with only a slight drop in 2010, to 48 from 50 in 2009, bucking the rising trend of cruelty cases.
1:56 pm, Fri 09 Nov 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
New badger TB vaccination inquiry launched
A new inquiry will be launched to examine the vaccination of badgers and cattle in relation to Bovine TB, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee has said.
The inquiry is expected to cover the likely timescales and challenges in delivering vaccination programmes, their costs and efficacy, and whether a vaccination programme could be delivered without having a negative effect on UK exports.
8:36 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Badger cull 'was not a U-turn'
by Emily Morgan, ITV News Reporter
Plans to cull thousands of badgers in England to tackle tuberculosis in cattle have been abandoned until next summer.
The Environment Secretary Owen Patterson insisted it was not a government U-turn and the delay had been caused by the Olympics, legal proceedings and bad weather.
6:55 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Farmers angry at delay in badger cull
Carol Wainwright, a farmer from Gloucestershire, tells ITV News what the delay in the badger cull will do to business and the farming community.
6:26 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Badger Trust calls for more research into TB vaccine
Tony Dean from The Badger Trust speaks to ITV News about how the funds for culling should be spent on more research into vaccination.
6:23 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Brian May: The battle of the cull isn't won yet
Guitarist from Queen Brian May says he's "delighted" that the planned badger cull will be delayed but he won't stop campaigning for a complete stop.
5:18 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Paterson: People are out tonight shooting furry animals
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson speaks to ITV News about why the badger cull must still go ahead, even though it has been delayed by one year.
4:43 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Badger cull study: 'no meaningful' effect on TB
When in power, Labour ruled out a cull of badgers in England after a study concluded it could make "no meaningful" contribution to addressing TB control in cattle.
The study looked at culling badgers over a 60 square mile area over four years, reducing the population by around 70%.
It found that culling reduced TB in cattle inside the cull area but it led badgers to move around, thereby increasing the disease in the areas adjacent to the cull.
Later results from the trial showed that, overall, the widespread, repeated culling of badgers could reduce the incidence of disease in cattle herds by up to 16% over a decade.
The method used to kill the badgers was to trap them and then shoot them, an expensive process which researchers calculated was not cost-effective.
4:35 pm, Tue 23 Oct 2012 Planned badger cull is delayed
Paterson: I'm unmoved by badger protests
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told ITV, 'I'm completely unmoved by the protest. I've lived in the countryside all my life...
"...there are people shooting furry animals tonight. There are people lamping foxes, lamping rabbits."