Q. What’s the government's position on the gassing of badgers as an alternative to free shooting?

We are opposed to the gassing of badgers for any reason due to the unnecessary suffering caused. Gassing badger setts with hydrogen cyanide was stopped in 1982

because research showed that it was inhumane. The gassing of badgers in their setts is not regarded as an acceptable method of killing them. Main badger setts have been recorded with up to 80 entrances so it is extremely difficult to ensuring the correct concentration of gas throughout the sett, using the methods of delivery and gas combinations that are currently available.

Gassing of badgers is illegal under the Protection of Badgers Act.