The IEP was appointed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to evaluate the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of the Gloucestershire and Somerset pilots.
The leaked report shows that up to 18% of shot badgers took between five and ten minutes to die. This completely contradicts Defra's assertion that “all badgers killed as part of the pilot culls have been shot cleanly and killed instantly”.
The panel also found that less than half the required numbers of badgers were killed in each area during the six week trial. This failure may lead to an increase in bovine tb in both the cull zones themselves and in the surrounding areas.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: "The IEP has only confirmed what everyone already knew. The trial badger cull was cruel and didn't work. Surely the Government won't continue with this farcical policy, but if they do, the hunting season is almost at an end and hunt saboteurs across the country will once again mobilise to fight the culls. We have learned from last year and will be even more effective at disrupting the killing this time round".
Hunt Saboteurs Association Press Release 23rd February 2014
On 25th February 2012 members of West Midlands Hunt Saboteurs and Northampton Hunt Saboteurs attended a meet of Otis Ferry's South Shropshire Foxhunt at the Mytton and Mermaid public house in Atcham near Shrewsbury.
The attached film shows the totally unprofessional and biased approach the police took during this incident and the subsequent violent arrest of one of the female sabs.
The sab in question later successfully sued West Mercia police for assault and unlawful arrest and received significant financial compensation. The release of this footage was delayed whilst this legal action took place. During the whole incident sabs were assaulted and spat at by hunt supporters in clear view of the police without any action being taken.
Lee Moon, spokesperson for the Hunt Saboteurs Association, stated: “This incident is a shocking example of West Mercia Police’s pro-hunt leanings.
The force have a justified reputation as one of the most biased in the country and we hope this public shaming, and financial penalty, will force them to modify their behaviour. We are pleased that the compensation received by the victim was used for essential repairs of the group vehicle which enabled them to be out in the field saving hunted animals.”
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