back to top

9 Better Ways To Use The £3,350 It Costs To Kill A Badger

Why not put it up in a beautiful hotel? It's cheaper.

Posted on

It costs the coalition government £3,350 to kill each badger as part of its controversial badger cull. But what else could you do with the £3,350?

1. Give the badger five nights in this gorgeous flat in Mayfair that was spotted on Airbnb. £3,250.


2. Send a badger on a tour of London. It's only £25.50.

Badger's Day Out.
Rob Stothard / Getty Images/Wikimedia/Siraj Datoo

Badger's Day Out.

3. Send a badger for seven nights to this great hotel in Chatham. £999 – loads to spare.

Side point: Since this hotel's in Chatham, the badger could report on next week's Rochester and Strood by-election, where UKIP is expected to win its second MP. The badger could even stick around for the afterparty. Party with Nigel Farage? Who'd say no?

4. Let a badger experience Sydney! Less than £1,000 for the flights.

Via GREG WOOD/AFP / Getty Images/Wikimedia/Siraj Datoo

5. Send 142 badgers to the top of the Shard to stare out of the viewing platform. Only £25 each.


6. Let the badgers go on a trip to Paris for less than a couple of hundred quid.

Andrew Winning/Reuters

7. What else? You could organise a school trip to London's cat café. Only £5 a head.

Lady Dinah's Cat Café / Via

8. While we're at quirky cafés, they could go to the cereal café that's opening soon in Brick Lane.

Jim Young / Reuters

9. Or, finally, just get each of the badgers a verified Twitter account. Free.

This, by the way, is a real Twitter account.

Siraj Datoo is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Siraj Datoo at

Got a confidential tip? Submit it here.