Badger cull will not be expanded to other areas - but continues in Gloucestershire

Badger cull will not be expanded to other areas - but continues in Gloucestershire

Badger cull will not be expanded to other areas - but continues in Gloucestershire

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THE Government has announced it has abandoned plans to extend the badger cull to other areas of England.

However, in a Commons statement, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson said the pilot four year culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire will continue - although there will be no independent oversight to assess their future performance.

Mr Paterson said: "It is crucial we get this right. That is why we are taking a responsible approach, accepting recommendations from experts to make the pilots better.

"Doing nothing is not an option. Bovine TB is a terrible disease which is devastating our cattle and dairy industries and causing misery for many people in rural communities.

"We need to do everything we can, as set out in our Strategy, to make England TB free."

Leading animal welfare charity Humane Society International UK welcomed the abandonment of the planned roll out of badger culling.

However, it also calls for the abandonment of plans to continue culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

A report by the independent expert panel to assess the practice said the claims in the two pilot areas were not effective, and raised questions about their humaneness.

Mark Jones, vet and executive director of Humane Society International UK, is a Gloucestershire resident who took part in numerous Wounded Badger Patrols during the culls last year.

Mr Jones said: “Whilst the abandonment of the planned badger cull roll out this year is a welcome U-turn as well as a damning indictment on DEFRA’s failed culling policy, it is nonetheless utterly indefensible that the government is carrying on regardless with its discredited cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset."

 

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7:15am Fri 4 Apr 14

Crow says...

why is doing nothing not an option?
If Paterson was perched on the side of a cliff after selecting the wrong gear, would he slam it into forward rather than do nothing?
One would hope so.
why is doing nothing not an option? If Paterson was perched on the side of a cliff after selecting the wrong gear, would he slam it into forward rather than do nothing? One would hope so. Crow
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12:28pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Nimue Brown says...

Owen Patterson might like to look at the tremendous progress being made with bio security and vaccines elsewhere. Continuing the cull is a shameful waste of public money and an inexcusable cruelty to our badgers for no discernible gain whatsoever.
Owen Patterson might like to look at the tremendous progress being made with bio security and vaccines elsewhere. Continuing the cull is a shameful waste of public money and an inexcusable cruelty to our badgers for no discernible gain whatsoever. Nimue Brown
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