Badger Day celebrated by campaigners despite cull expanding to 10 new areas – Daily News

  Campaigners are gearing up to celebrate Badger Day – just as the ­controversial cull ramps up a gear One of Britain’s oldest native ­species, badgers divide opinion. While some think they are cute and cuddly, others view them as vermin, spreading TB in cattle and ruining livelihoods AdChoicesADVERTISINGinRead invented by Teads  They stir up emotions – but a third of people admit they have never seen one in the wild Promoted Stories  The badger cull in England has just been expanded into ten new areas, with up to 42,000 animals due to be shot to try to curb bovine TB, up from 32,500 last year  The Badger Trust slammed it as the “largest destruction of a protected species in living memory”  And with the animal under constant threat, campaigners are keen to show their good side  Badger Day, which takes place on Saturday, aims to bust myths and ­raise awareness of these elusive creatures   They are nocturnal and feed on worms, eating ­hundreds each ­evening. And you can see them tuck in on a Badger Trust night-time event Its groups offer badger watching across the UK. See for details   Some farms and B&Bs also offer packages. Badger Watch Dorset has a farm that allows badger watching at night from a hide But you must stay super still so you do not scare them off. See badgerwatchdorset .  There are around 485,000 of the animals in England and Wales. Read More Top Stories from Mirror Online  By 2020 it is thought 100,000 will have been slaughtered at a cost to taxpayers of £100million  The ten new cull zones are in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire and Staffordshire It means the area affected has shot up nearly 70 per cent.  Culling is carried out by ­shooters who get up to £50 a kill Farmers can get licences and last year more than 19,200 badgers were killed.  The RSPCA’s David Bowles called it “inhumane, ineffective and costly”  But Minette Batters, of the National Farmers’ Union, said the aim was for healthy badger and cattle ­populations  She said: “TB is forcing us to ­slaughter thousands of cattle a year.”

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