The BVA said it still supported badger culling as part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, which can pick up the disease from the wild animals, and the roll-out of culling to new areas, but said the culls
should only use cage trapping and shooting.
The Canberra kangaroo cull
was scheduled to end on Aug 1, 2014.
Those against the cull
say the PS1million spent on policing just the first six weeks of culling in Gloucestershire could have secured five years of volunteer-led badger vaccination over a similarly large area.
Prof Rosie Woodroffe, a key member of the team that conducted an earlier, decadelong trial of badger culling, said following the trial: "It's very likely that so far this cull
will have increased the TB risk for cattle inside the Gloucestershire cull
zone rather than reducing it.
Shameful "Now that this shameful badger cull
shambles can be seen, it's time to proceed with the only strategy that can succeed in the eradication of bovine TB - vaccination of badgers and other wildlife, and the prioritisation of work to licence the vaccine for cattle.
It said: "We therefore considered that consumers were likely to interpret the claim, along with the text 'The UK government wants to shoot England's badgers', to mean that all badgers would be eradicated in the cull
We understand that the cull
company in Gloucestershire will also be applying for a licence extension to Natural England today.
May, a long-time supporter of the campaign to spare badgers, said: "It has now been demonstrated that the cull
cannot make economic sense.
Led by rock star Brian May, the 2,000 animal welfare supporters wore cardboard badger masks and chanted "stop the cull
" in protest at pilot culls
in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset.
The online petition against the cull
has received over 190,000 signatures so far.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is expected to make a Commons statement later on Tuesday confirming that a pilot cull
in the South West of England is to be put back until next year.
The scientists who conducted the cull
stated at the end of the trial that killing badgers can make no meaningful contribution to reducing bTB.
Costing only pounds 51 per hectare, The Trust wants the Government and landowners to take badger vaccination seriously as a viable alternative to the proposed cull
They studied a treatment area (9,496 acres) where intensive culling was applied, and a control area of similar size (9,429 acres) where they did not cull
But that's what I got when I wrote to Jonathan Morgan AM for Cardiff North, regarding the proposed cull
of badgers in Wales.