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Monday, September 01, 2014

Up to 2000 badgers targeted as new cull gets approval

A court challenge by the Badger Trust to overrule the government's decision to continue the pilot culls without independent supervision has been rejected. 
news/2010_jan/badger_cull_2014 For despite the IEP finding that the first year of the pilot culls failed (by a significant margin) to achieve appropriate standards of both effectiveness and humaneness, the Secretary of State has decided to continue the pilot culls without an independent body overseeing it to ensure such standards can actually be met. 
Dominic Dyer, CEO of Badger Trust, said: “The Trust is considering its options in respect of an appeal against the Court’s decision.  However, this judgment does not detract from the serious public concerns over the continuation of the cull, including the most recent leaks regarding potentially unlawful and unsafe activity undertaken by culling contractors during the 2013 culls. 
"Given the indisputable failure of the 2013 culls, the still unresolved issues regarding safety and the significant uncertainty over the numbers of badgers to be killed in 2014, the only sensible option for the Secretary of State is to call a halt to these pilots, and the potentially unnecessary and inhumane deaths of hundreds of badgers." 
Badger culling has been given the go-ahead by the government to resume  in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

2 comments:

Dan said...

The EU's Veterinary Health department has recently spoken to the UK government, instructing them to do something about bovine TB levels.

As any keep fan of "Yes Minister" can tell you, something clearly must be done. This is something, so by the orders of Sir Humphrey, this must be done...

Syd said...

More MASS MURDER being sponsored by our worthless Government at tax payers expense.
Instead of slaughtering innocent badgers, who are doing no harm, why can we not shoot our overpaid and useless MP's.