Secret World is a charity that specialises in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Britain’s orphaned, injured and sick wildlife and is the only 24/7 service in the South West.
During 2012, we were able to help 5,583 sick, injured or orphaned creatures. We know there were many more that could have been nursed back to health, if only we had more resources. We were also able to carry out educational visits to a number of schools. At a time when wildlife needs our help more than ever these visits teach children about nature and show them what they can do to protect the wildlife on their doorstep.
The Badger Cull
As the largest centre of badger rescue, rehabilitation and release in the UK, we have carefully reviewed the evidence and fully support the conclusions of the scientific community that ‘Badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to the future control of cattle TB in Britain’ [Quote John Bourne of the Independent Scientific Group]
There is nothing to suggest that free shooting at night can be carried out humanely and we have grave concerns that injured badgers and their cubs will suffer needlessly.
We firmly believe that in the long-term, a combination of strict cattle movement restrictions, improved farm biosecurity and badger and cattle vaccination, is the way forward and that the efforts of the scientific, farming and wildlife communities should jointly work towards this goal. In the short-term, we have assisted with a programme of badger vaccinations in the cull zones and elsewhere in recent years.
Secret World is always here for wildlife – before, during and after this unnecessary and unjustified cull of badgers. We stand ready to care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife of all species, but fear it is badgers that will need our help many times during the six week period of the cull.
Do you have land that we can use for one of our wildlife release schemes?
We need release sites for badger cubs can you help?
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DRIVERS WANTED - Can you be a SWRD?
We urgently require volunteers who are willing to pick injured animals up and bring them to us at Secret World.
Can you be a Secret World Response Driver?
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