Badger Trust

The Badger Trust, formerly the National Federation of Badger Groups (NFBG),[1] is a British animal welfare charity.[2] It represents around sixty groups dedicated to the conservation and protection of the European badger.[3]

Badger Trust
PredecessorThe National Federation of Badger Groups
TypeRegistered Charity

The trust campaigns against badger culling in the United Kingdom.[4] The trust filed legal challenges in the High Court against planned badger culls, challenging a planned cull in Wales in 2010.[5] The Trust won a temporary halt to the Welsh cull.[6] In 2012, the Trust's lawyers sent a 16-page legal letter to Natural England, which licensed a badger cull, calling upon the agency to stop a planned cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset;[7][8] in 2014, the Trust filed a challenge in High Court to this planned cull.[9] This challenge was unsuccessful.[10] In 2016, the Badger Trust spoke out against plans to expand badger culling to five new areas in South West England; the group's chief executive, Dominic Dyer, said that the four years of badger culling had "been a disastrous failure on scientific, cost and humaneness grounds" and called for a halt.[11]

In 2014, the group issued a report about illegal snaring and hunting of badgers in Britain.[12]

Local Badger Groups are the direct action side of the Badger Trust. There are 61 local voluntary Badger Groups in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.[13]


  1. ^ Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee; Parliament Great Britain House of Commons (15 March 2006). Bovine TB: Badger Culling, Sixth Report of Session 2005-06, Vol. 2: Oral and Written Evidence. The Stationery Office. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-215-02789-4. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Aslet, Clive (2012-09-17). "Spare the badger your tears..." The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Meredith, Charlotte (2013-02-27). "Controversial badger cull given the go-ahead despite outrage from animal welfare groups". Daily Express. Retrieved 4 April 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Driver, Alistair (2011-09-11). "Badger Trust loses legal battle to halt badger cull". The Farmers Guardian. Archived from the original on 9 November 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Steven Morris, Badger charity challenges Welsh cull, The Guardian (March 22, 2010).
  6. ^ James Meikle, Judges halt Welsh badger cull, The Guardian (July 13, 2010).
  7. ^ Badger Trust letter to Natural England attempting to halt badger cull, The Guardian (October 22, 2012).
  8. ^ Damian Carrington, Badger cull under threat from last-minute legal challenge, The Guardian (October 21, 2012).
  9. ^ Badger cull faces fresh legal challenge, Press Association (August 21, 2014).
  10. ^ Adam Vaughan, Badger cull campaigners lose legal battle, The Guardian (October 29, 2014).
  11. ^ Alice Ross, Badger cull protesters change tactics in response to expansion, The Guardian (August 23, 2016).
  12. ^ Damian Carrington, Illegal snaring of badgers rising, report finds, The Guardian (October 2, 2014).
  13. ^ Badger Trust Website, Badger Trust Website, The Badger Trust (June 04, 2018).

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