Simon King OBE

Internationally famous wildlife photographer, presenter and writer and film maker. Simon King OBE, gives his views on the Welsh Assembly Government’s decision to "cull" badgers.


We are on the brink of witnessing a gross miscarriage of justice, where the victims are innocent and naïve and have no voice to speak for themselves.

I refer to the proposed killing, or as some would prefer to use - “culling” - of wild badgers, which is being contemplated by the Welsh Assembly.

The scientific work looking into the link between wild badgers and Bovine TB in cattle in this country, conducted at great expense and with impartial participants, has left no doubt as to the inefficacy of a badger cull in the control of the disease in Britain. It would at best, be a complete waste of time and money, and at worst a travesty, killing hundreds of healthy wild badgers with no long term effect on the control and management of bovine TB.

If the badger cull in Wales goes ahead it will, like all the other culls that have gone before, prove nothing but the short sighted and politicised debate that continues to muddy an issue which should be looking at husbandry methods, vaccination, regional variants and livestock movement and management before looking for an innocent scapegoat to kill.

I completely empathise with livestock farmers who have suffered the effects of the disease, and strongly urge that the proposed cull is declined and the same resources used to find a sustainable management plan to help ensure our dairy herds remain healthy and disease free into the future.

Simon King OBE




With the Welsh Assembly Government declaring that they intend carrying out the mass slaughter of Badgers within the next few months, time is of the essence. All those who oppose their actions need to start talking to each other. We need to join together. We need to plan a a coordinated response. And, we need to do that now!

Save The Badger was set up as an umbrella group to coordinate the campaign against the Welsh Assembly Government's plan to slaughter badgers by the thousand in Wales in early 2010. It will of course also fight any similar plans by the Westminster government or any of the other devolved powers in the UK.

Please take the time to look through the pages on our site.

 We will try to bring you any up to date information and news which is of particular relevance – if you want more general information, please go to one of the other sites where you will find a lot of background information.

We will also periodically feature the views and opinions of prominent individuals who oppose the WAG decision. We begin with a piece by Welsh writer and environmental activist, John Evans. This is a must read!

Don't forget, we want to hear your news, and we also want you views. We must unite together to fight this premeditated act of barbarity.

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"The evidence is that a badger cull on a scale or level of efficiency that seems feasible will not solve cattle farmers' problem – that problem is truly serious. Understandably, the feeling is that something must be done, but the evidence is that it should not be a badger cull." Sir David Attenborough

“We must not make badgers scapegoats for bovine TB”. Joanna Lumley

"I say no to this or any other badger cull and I urge all caring people to do the same. Get rid of ignorance, not badgers.” Benjamin Zephaniah






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