The Irish Department of Agriculture is seeking contractors to kill up to 12,000 badgers over 2 years in an ongoing effort to tackle tuberculosis levels in cattle.
The contract will be worth in the region of €2m and will involve the capture and shooting of the animals. [although clubbing of some animals has been reported.
Badger culling has been used as a way of reducing the levels of the disease for decades, with 6,000 badgers per year culled in recent years.
• 115,000 badgers have been killed by the Irish Government since 1984
• 6,000 snares are set in Ireland every night
• €70 million of citizen’s money has been allocated to the disease eradication programme this year alone
• Badgers are a protected species by Irish and European law
Scotland is TB free and never snared Badgers.
Wales Vaccination project has reduced TB.
Northern Ireland have the same TB rate as Southern Ireland and never snared.
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