Friday, 14 November 2014

Badger cull cost over £3,000 for each animal killed

Controversial government badger cull cost UK taxpayers £6.3m in the first year, when 1,879 badgers were killed

theguardian.com, Friday 14 November 2014 13.59 GMT

The first of two controversial badger culls in England cost £3,350 for every badger killed.

Official figures show that the pilots cost the taxpayer £6.3m in their first year, during which 1,879 badgers were killed in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The Government said the costs were high due to monitoring of the humaneness and efficacy of the culls, with £2.6m spent on humaneness monitoring, including post-mortem examinations, while £2.3m was spent on assessing efficacy.

Anti-cull campaigners said the figures did not include the costs of policing, which they said were £3.5m - bringing the total cost per badger to more than £5,200.

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