Our statement in response to the Northern Ireland Bovine TB Strategy proposals:

The Northern Ireland Badger Group is disappointed and dismayed that the industry-led NI TB Eradication Partnership has recommended culling badgers in Northern Ireland. The evidence is clearer than ever that bovine TB can only be tackled successfully by effective infection control in cattle using improved testing, better compliance and through greater awareness.

Continuing to scapegoat badgers is a pointless and expensive strategy that will do nothing to tackle bovine TB in cattle or wildlife. We have advocated for a vaccination-led approach and will continue engage constructively with stakeholders to develop an effective bovine TB strategy built on robust evidence and expert advice.

We would remind everyone that badgers remain a protected species and that wilfully or recklessly harming badgers or their setts is a criminal offence. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland by calling 101.

Read more about badgers and bovine TB here

Operation Brockwatch

Operation Brockwatch is a joint initiative by the Northern Ireland Badger Group and the USPCA to monitor and protect vulnerable badger setts in Northern Ireland. Find out more here.

Download the most recent badger persecution report here.