Unfortunately, killing predators such as badgers and lions is typical of the simplistic way humans deal with animals at the top of their food chain. We have a history of abusing, tormenting and killing animals like bears, lions, tigers, foxes and badgers.
Sometimes it's done for so-called sport, such as trophy hunting, and sometimes there is an attempt at justifying it, such as this cull, but it is fundamentally about getting rid of other predators.
Luckily, the world is starting to wake up and understand that we don't have to kill other predators, we can live alongside them. Schemes in other countries involving lions, dingoes, wolves and bears are showing that non-lethal ways of ensuring both people and animals stay safe and benefit from each other's presence are working.
Lions, badgers, what's the difference?
Britain's badger cull has entered its third year. Like the vast majority of animal welfare organizations and impartial scientists in this country, the League Against Cruel Sports is utterly opposed to this government policy. The arguments can be long and complicated, but simply put: