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Neston MP Opposes Government Plans for Badger Cull

Published: 21st July 2011 09:14

Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, has spoken out in support of badgers, branding government plans for culling as 'short sighted'.

This week the Government approved a package of measures to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB), in a move that is largely supported by farmers, but is likely to trigger a backlash from supporters of animal rights.

BadgerPhoto courtesy of League Against Cruel Sports

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said she was "strongly minded to allow a science-led cull of badgers in the worst affected areas".

However, Andrew Miller said: "All the evidence has shown that culling doesn't work. The Government's proposals do not deal with the problem of TB carried by badgers; their preferred option of ‘free shooting' is not supported by science and may increase the problem of spreading TB.

"Lord Krebs, the former UK government scientific adviser and the expert behind the UK's biggest review of the links between badgers and TB in cattle does not support culling as an effective way of controlling the disease and other experts, such as members of the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on Cattle TB, also disagree with Defra and describe the policy as "untried and untested", claiming that farmers would lose out financially.

"I continue to support a science-led approach to dealing with bovine TB and believe that the only humane and viable option is a vaccination programme. I am therefore disappointed that Defra decided to cancel five out of the six trials that were being undertaken.

"Badgers are a protected species and many of my constituents have contacted me to oppose culling. I do not believe that the government's proposals will achieve their objective but they will leave many seriously injured badgers and open the door to a free for all on badger hunting.

"The League Against Cruel Sports is currently running a petition against the cull which already has over 15,000 signatures, if local people would like to support it it can be which can be found at: www.league.org.uk/badgerpetition."

Chris Neden of the Wirral & Cheshire Badger Group added: "We fully support the stand taken and would hope that the legal challenge to the Government's proposals will succeed, as did that against the culling proposals of the previous administration in Wales."

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At 09:56 on 21st July 2011, CLAIRE R commented:
At 00:50 on 22nd July 2011, , commented:
Great to hear our MP is taking a stand against this barbaric idea to cull so many of our badgers. There is so much unproven with the connection between Badgers and Bovine TB that more research is needed before anything is done & certainly not killing thousands of these animals.

Dennis L
At 21:24 on 27th July 2011, Dennis L commented:
I have two badgers visit me every night for any suitable scraps of food and slugs etc.so I too support our MP aginst the culling of badgers which is senseless and we should not allow it to happen.

The best answer is to innoculate the cattle against TB which would be far more effective,but, guess why that cannot be done? EU regulations will not allow it,so, the sooner we leave that corrupt organisation who have not had their accounts signed off for many years then the better for all of us.

A dairy farmer in Devon places bowls of milk laced with antibiotics near badger setts and he reckons that his cattle never suffer TB due to badgers.

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