Irish badgers are being culled in horrific circumstances: Renewed call for end to cull

26 May


Maureen O’Sullivan TD (Dublin Central, Independent) has renewed a call on Agriculture Minister Simon Coveney to cancel his department’s cruel badger cull. The cull, part of a failed TB Eradication Scheme, has involved the inhumane snaring and killing of an estimated 100,000 badgers to-date.

In a 14 May 2015 parliamentary exchange, Deputy O’Sullivan refers to a 4-year study which has found that badgers actively avoid fields of cattle and buildings containing cattle.

“Is there not a good justifiable reason to suspend the culling of badgers,” Maureen asks Minister Coveney.

You can watch the full Dail exchange at

Some of the points made by Maureen O’Sullivan:

Badgers are culled in most horrific circumstances. We have seen badgers caught in the trap where they are shot. Poison has been laid. Slurry has been left in some of the traps in order to further intensify the cruelty. This is being carried out under licences issued by the Department.

80% of the badgers being culled are perfectly healthy animals

This cull of badgers has been called slaughter masquerading as science

There is a need for a more holistic approach to bovine TB rather than blaming the badger for everything.


Sign our petition – Ireland: Stop badger snaring cruelty NOW

Demand an end to the Department of Agriculture’s cruel snaring of thousands of badgers.

Minister Simon Coveney
Department of Agriculture
Agriculture House,
Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Tel: 01-607 2000 or LoCall 1890-200510.
Fax: 01-661 1013.

Please write to the Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs and to the National Parks and Wildlife Service. Remind them that the Wildlife Act, for which they are responsible, lists the badger as a protected species. Demand that they stop licensing the snaring and killing of thousands of badgers as part of a cruel and discredited TB eradication scheme.

Minister Heather Humphreys
Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Affairs
23 Kildare Street
Dublin 2

Tel: (01) 631 3804
Fax: (01) 661 1201


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