‘Pilot Badger Cull should not take place on Council Land’ says Lib Dems

June 21, 2012 5:48 PM

BadgerLIBERAL DEMOCRATS have written to the Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Cllr. Mark Hawthorne condemning the possibility that this autumn's pilot badger cull could take place on land owned, managed or controlled by the council.

The letter from both the Leader and Deputy Leader of the County's Liberal Democrat Group asks the council to prohibit such culls from taking place on any land owned, managed or controlled by Gloucestershire County Council.

Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Jeremy Hilton (Kingsholm and Wotton) said: "It is important that this council stands up in recognition that trials involving the shooting of free running badgers in pilot areas are likely to be both ineffective and a hazard to public safety.

"We should be killing the disease bovine TB, not badgers! Vaccination is the answer, the government should re-instate those five of the six vaccination programmes that were cancelled. The last thing we want is for dog walkers lives to be put in jeopardy by roaming licensed shooters. Cllr. Hawthorne must ban the culling of badgers on county council land".

Councillor Klara Sudbury (LD, All Saints) said: "We are hopeful that the judicial review next week will overturn the decision to undertake the pilot badger cull.

"The focus should be based upon the scientific research, which had concluded that culling would be impractical, uneconomic and unpopular as well as the fact that 'controlled shooting' as proposed by the Government has not been tested in any scientific studies and so could increase the incidence of bovine TB in herds."