Badger cull visits to ensure guidelines upheld

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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

How many visits have you made in the 2020 and 2019 culls to ensure killings are occuring safely and correctly under licence? Please state dates, locations and names of the Natural England representative present and cull license holder. On what basis do you give out licenses to kill badgers and from what year is that scientific evidence from?

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-Specialist Licensing, Natural England

Dear Elizabeth Thirsk,
 
Access to information request – Acknowledgement – Request No RFI 5559
 
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Dear Elizabeth Thirsk,
 
Please find attached our response to your Freedom of Information request
reference RFI 5559:
 
 
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Operations
Natural England
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Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Natural England's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull visits to ensure guidelines upheld'.

You do not monitor enough killings, why not? That is a minute percentage of deaths, yet over 10% of those shots were inaccurate or bodies not collected when under observation. What is the target percentage for accurate shooting? What are the consequences of inhumane shootings?
The scientific evidence is inaccurate and outdated. The evidence Natural England and DEFRA provide does not justify a cull at all. How is this evidence is good enough to kill protected species over common cattle? Where is the actual science? Where are the facts on Badger transmission rates? Slurry is a known vector of transmission, why isn't this tested? Why can farmers tip this over public land? You do not have the evidence to back up the cull therefore this needs an internal review.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk