England: MP’s Vote 219 to 1 Against Further Badger Killing – But Will Cameron and The Government Listen To All The Expert Advice Or Simply Do As They Wish ?


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As many of you are aware, we have been fighting the issue of badger culling on our own ‘patch’ of England for many months now.  Right from the start the animal welfare lobby declared that the culls would be a complete waste of both time and public money.  Mass demonstrations have taken place right across the country in support of the badger; and in opposition to the culls proposed by the government as a lead up to what could be much larger and widespread culls.

Well this week the politicians gave a resounding ‘NO’ to the killing of any more badgers.  As you can read in the media links provided, there have been many reasons cited as to why the culls were an outstanding failure.

Despite the will of experts investigating the issue, the vast will of the majority of the British public to leave the badgers alone, the government could still ignore the will of the elected majority and carry on regardless.

Possibly it is an attempt by the Conservative government here in the UK to try and show the farming lobby and potential pro-Conservative voters, that they are trying to do something.  The UK has a General Election to elect the next government in May 2015.  If this is the case, votes rather than thought out animal welfare, then the government have made a very serious mistake as the culls which have taken place to date have basically been meaningless and showed nothing in the way of positive results for the pro-kill badger lobby.

The following is a report on the current political situation, and following you can read several press articles (via links) on the vote in Parliament this last week.  Finally, we have provided a copy of many of our past links on this issue, in order that you can see the hard work which has been undertaken to try and stop the unnecessary killing of the badger.

Badger cull in numbers:

50% or fewer badgers were killed than target figure

·         6.4% – 18% badgers took longer than five minutes to die

·         1,771 number of badgers culled*

·        £7.29m estimated cost of badger cull, according to animal welfare charity*

Source: Independent Expert Panel, – Care for the Wild*

Mark – SAV

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Thursday 13th March

Yesterday, MPs across all political parties gave the badger cull roll out a resounding ‘NO’ in parliament with a number of brave MPs defying the government and taking a stand against culling.

This victory could help save an estimated 100,000 badgers!

However, we mustn’t be complacent as the government could still ignore the will of the elected majority and carry on regardless.

Join us in calling for an urgent independent review of the bovine TB strategy ahead of any decision to allow more culling and a debate and binding vote during government time!

Last year’s pilot culls failed to kill enough badgers in both pilot areas to meet the government’s own targets. This, even after being extended beyond the original six weeks – a move which scientific conclusions published by Defra said could make the spread of TB worse.

There are also reports that The Independent Expert Panel (IEP) have found that the pilots failed the humaneness criteria with more than five percent of badgers taking longer than five minutes to die!

If culling is extended to more areas then imagine just how many more badgers could die in such pain… act now!

Join us now, as we vow to fight on against plans to slaughter an estimated 100,000 badgers across England!

Thank you for your support,

Press Links:


“MPs voted overwhelmingly to halt the controversial badger culls in England on Thursday, but the backbench motion does not bind ministers to abandon the policy.

The motion, proposed by the Conservative MP Anne Main, stated that the pilot culls had “decisively failed” and was passed by 219 votes to one.”



“Police kept badger cullers informed of protester movements, court hears”


“An independent scientific assessment of last year’s pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has concluded that they were not effective.”

 Links to see some of our previous SAV posts about the English badger cull:













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Ukraine: The People May Have Their Own Wars – But The Animals in Kharkiv Zoo Have Been Left To Starve To Death. The Crisis Is Not Their Making; Only Humans Do This !


URGENT! Ukraine- Do Not Let Your Zoo Animals Starve to Death!!

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The conflict in Ukraine hasn’t just caused the suffering of its citizens — animals in Kharkiv Zoo have been left to starve to death.


The wildlife park asked Ukranian residents to help.

According to a Facebook page created shortly after the zoo’s plea, many heeded the call to action: An update on the Facebook group posted Saturday, on March 8, said the animals are OK for now.

“We just got back from the zoo- literally the entire city had brought bags and bags of food to donate: cabbage, bread, carrots, beets, greens, you name it!

The zoo staff was using tractors to haul the food around.  We spoke to the zoo director and she said they’d also received some cash donations,” the page announced.


Animals in a Ukrainian zoo have been left to die of starvation in the wake of the country’s political turmoil, it has been claimed.

The director of Kharkiv Zoo blamed Ukraine’s warring politicians for failing to provide funds, saying the zoo only have enough food to last until Monday, March 10.

To make a donation go here:  http://www.zoo.kharkov.ua/node/5712   http://www.zoo.kharkov.ua/


Alexey Grigoriev is said to be “in tears” over the plight of the animals, and has pleaded with the prime minister for help.

“Our animals are not fighting for power, they do not share anyone’s political views, they just want to live,” said a statement by the zoo. “Without emergency measures, our completely innocent animals will start dying next week.”

A pregnant elephant was hungry and on the point of expiring from exhaustion, it was claimed. Local reports say funds earmarked for the zoo have been sent elsewhere.

A letter sent by the director Grigoriev to Ukraine’s prime minister said: “The Kharkiv zoo animals on the verge of starvation.” Suppliers have been providing food for free for three months but have now refused to provide more, he said, pleading with the government for immediate action.

The country – partially invaded by Russia last week – is also on the point of bankruptcy.

A local campaigner for the zoo, Olga Sitkovskaya, said: “I spoke to the director and, sorry for this detail, but this clever, strong adult man burst into tears of helplessness.”

The city allocates funds needed for maintaining the zoo, but Kiev redirects the money to some of its needs. As a result, the animals in the zoo, are in a catastrophic situation.

“Along with the whole country, our zoo is living through difficult and terrifying times,” said the zoo statement. By Monday, we will have nothing with which to feed the animals.”

The zoo dates from the 1890s and survived two world wars.

Do not allow, now, their lives to be lost!!

These animals are your responsibility, feed them!! 

 Dozens of people have been kiled in Ukraine since the fighting began there more than a fortnight ago. But Ukraine’s citizens aren’t the only ones suffering — the animals in at least one of the country’s zoos have been left to starve to death.

According to the director of Kharkiv Zoo, the conflict in Kiev has leached the city funds the zoo relies upon to care for and feed its animals. Though donations of food and money have temporarily allowed the animals to survive so far, activists say the funds are running out — and they need help from the government, fast.

Polar bears, lions, tigers and a pregnant elephant are among those in danger of suffering slow, painful deaths because of Ukraine’s leaders’ neglect.

Animals aren’t political. They have no idea about the turmoil that’s wracking their country. All they know is that they’re hungry — and if they don’t get help soon, they’ll die.

Ask the government to restore funding for the Kharkiv Zoo and save the animals who live there before it’s too late!