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Save the badger!

Save the badger!

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Image: Badger2 cpt Jon Bowen 

 

Badgers are short legged animals in the weasel family found mainly in North America, Ireland and Great Britain. They are one of the most popular animals in the UK with around 250,000 adult badgers. They love to dig for worms, but they also eat other things, such as insects, berries and seeds. They will even eat human and pet food!

 

But sadly, badgers are also one of the animals known to carry bovine tuberculosis (bTB), which is an infectious disease that can be transmitted to cattle. It's also carried by deer, goats, pigs, dogs and cats, as well as many other mammals.

 

The UK’s government are planning to try and wipe out this disease by organising a cull of badgers, which could mean that up to 70% of badgers could be lost. But organisations like The Wildlife Trusts say there are better and kinder solutions.  The cattle could be given vaccinations to protect them from the disease and farmers could make sure conditions are improved to help prevent the spread of bTB. There’s even medicine that can be given to badgers to cure the disease!

 

More than 66,000 people have already signed the e-petition to try and stop the badger cull – help save the badgers and sign up now!

 

Did you know?

Badgers are shy animals that are nocturnal, which means they sleep during the day.