The public has been “fed lies” about the nature of the badger cull trial in Somerset and Gloucestershire, campaigners have claimed in a letter to Government.
Members of Somerset Against the Badger Cull patrolled the cull zone every night and said compliance reports from Natural England “only scratches the surface of what went on”.
And they vowed to protest “all night long once again” if Ministers opted to roll out the cull to other areas.
“Most of us want to go to bed at a reasonable hour,” the group’s letter said.
“We don’t want to be out all night registering our objection to people shooting or killing badgers for no good reason at all.
“But rest assured, if they start killing badgers again this year as Mr Paterson has threatened to do, badgerists, sicordinary people, young and old will oppose them, all night long once again.
“Surely by now after petitions, public consultations and media attention, the Government can see that the badger cull policy, along with their attitude, is successfully alienating many who are typical of Middle England?”
The group said the cull had failed and claimed that official monitoring was “wholly inadequate”.
“We were told time and again that the pilot culls were to test if free-shooting was effective, safe and humane at removing at least 70% of the badgers in a given area,” they said.
“Now the compliance reports from Natural England show that large scale cage-trapping was employed from the very beginning. We have been fed lies. These culls were clearly not trials – they were simply an underhand way of killing badgers legally.
“We know that Wales, Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, the States and New Zealand all have falling rates of bovine TB.
“The only thing they have in common is a regime of regular and effective cattle testing, cattle movement restrictions, and improved bio-security.
“We have been led to believe that all of our farming industry refuses to support these measures wholeheartedly without being offered the carrot of culling badgers. We believe this is untrue.
“A number of farmers have signed up to vaccination and the interest is growing. Now we, the general public, demand that you, the Government, backs badger vaccination as the carrot until cattle vaccination becomes a reality.”