Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW

Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW

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An estimated 120,000 badgers have been cruelly snared and killed by Ireland's Department of Agriculture since 1984. The assault on this supposedly protected species takes place under licence from the National Parks and Wildlife Service and is part of a so-called bovine TB Eradication Scheme - a failed and discredited operation that has been described as "slaughter masquerading as science".

Bernie Barrett of Badger Watch Ireland describes how badgers suffer under the Department’s scheme: "The method of capture is a barbaric wire snare which holds the helpless badger in excruciating pain until it is dispatched by gunshot. That’s provided the animal has not agonisingly strangled itself beforehand. When nursing female badgers are snared and shot, their cubs are left to starve to death underground."

According to the Irish Wildlife Trust, 6,000 Department of Agriculture snares are set in Ireland every night and there are fears that the species is now endangered. The IWT is opposed to the badger cull and states 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."

Watch a video showing a badger being rescued from a Department snare


Urge the Agriculture Minister Michael Creed to show compassion and end the cruel badger snaring operation.

Irish Agriculture Minister Michael Creed
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 1 607 2000 or LoCall 1890 200510.

Appeal to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and the National Parks and Wildlife Service to stop licensing the snaring and killing of thousands of badgers as part of a cruel and discredited TB eradication scheme.

Josepha Madigan TD
Minister for Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht
Phone: +353 (0)1 631 3800
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