Badger cull 'likely' to go ahead in West Somerset

Somerset County Gazette: Badger cull 'likely' to go ahead in West Somerset Badger cull 'likely' to go ahead in West Somerset

A CONTROVERSIAL badger cull is likely to go ahead in West Somerset in just a few months despite indications of changes to the pilot zones.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs proposed the scheme over a year ago in a bid to combat bovine TB, and licences were issued last autumn for the culling to take place in West Somerset and Gloucestershire.

But the cull was postponed in November after more badgers were found to be living in those areas than expected.

Farming minister David Heath MP said last week that the delay could lead to the cull being carried out in different places than planned, but that the Government still plans to carry it out, possibly starting in late spring.

Ian Johnson, NFU South-West spokesman, said: “I don’t think it’s any less likely that a badger cull will take place in West Somerset.

“They have to do it where there’s the best possibility of making the pilot work, so West Somer-set remains a strong contender.

“What David Heath has said is that the Government remains wholly committed to carrying out the cull as part of the fight against bovine TB, but it might be that new areas are added.

“At the end of the day, what they want to do is stop this extremely distressing and costly disease, and to do that it has to be controlled among wildlife as well as cattle.

“All the same arguments remain in place, as do the preparations.”

There has been widespread public disapproval of the cull with a petition calling for it to be abandoned attracting hundreds of thousands of signatures.

Groups such as the Badger Night Walkers have been set up who protest peacefully against the plans and distribute information to the public.

Adrian Coward, chairman of the Somerset Badger Group, told the County Gazette: “The Government is aware of the massive opposition to shooting badgers.

“Public awareness about healthy badgers being shot as part of the cull is increasing, but the Government’s intent on killing badgers out of political expediency and the need to be seen to be doing something.”

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10:53am Mon 14 Jan 13

Aguila Pescadora says...

This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid?
This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid? Aguila Pescadora
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12:01pm Mon 14 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

I'm totally disgusted with the proposed cull, but since when did politicians listen to those who know what they're talking about. Defra is full imbeciles and wasters and would probably need to look it up if you asked them what day it is, so no hope I'm afraid and it won't make a blind bit of difference who you or I vote for as Governments change but the civil servants don't.
I'm totally disgusted with the proposed cull, but since when did politicians listen to those who know what they're talking about. Defra is full imbeciles and wasters and would probably need to look it up if you asked them what day it is, so no hope I'm afraid and it won't make a blind bit of difference who you or I vote for as Governments change but the civil servants don't. FreeSpeech?
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4:28pm Mon 14 Jan 13

*Flick* says...

Aguila Pescadora wrote:
This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid?
Really? Not ONE scientist? I find that hard to believe....
And in a nation of Millions - 167k is not that high a percentage. Maybe more people should sign it if 'everyone' is so dead against it?
[quote][p][bold]Aguila Pescadora[/bold] wrote: This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid?[/p][/quote]Really? Not ONE scientist? I find that hard to believe.... And in a nation of Millions - 167k is not that high a percentage. Maybe more people should sign it if 'everyone' is so dead against it? *Flick*
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4:45pm Mon 14 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

*Flick* wrote:
Aguila Pescadora wrote:
This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid?
Really? Not ONE scientist? I find that hard to believe....
And in a nation of Millions - 167k is not that high a percentage. Maybe more people should sign it if 'everyone' is so dead against it?
Not one of the scientist asked by the Government to conduct the investigation in to the spread of Bovine TB believed the proposed cull would work, in fact the majority believe inoculation is the best way forward.
[quote][p][bold]*Flick*[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Aguila Pescadora[/bold] wrote: This is sheer madness. Currently the petition against the cull has just gone over 167,000 signatures. There is not one scientist outside of the government who supports a cull and the backbenchers voted against a cull by 147 votes to 28. Are the coalition going to risk a backlash in the polls? Are the farmers going to risk boycotts? Are they all really that stupid?[/p][/quote]Really? Not ONE scientist? I find that hard to believe.... And in a nation of Millions - 167k is not that high a percentage. Maybe more people should sign it if 'everyone' is so dead against it?[/p][/quote]Not one of the scientist asked by the Government to conduct the investigation in to the spread of Bovine TB believed the proposed cull would work, in fact the majority believe inoculation is the best way forward. FreeSpeech?
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4:29pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Monument says...

The cull is totally unwarranted and only supported by ever moaning farmers.

If the cull takes place it will inevitably be accompanied by serious public disorder requiring a major policing effort to the detriment of their normal duties.

The government needs to take a step back and seriously reconsider this proposed action.
The cull is totally unwarranted and only supported by ever moaning farmers. If the cull takes place it will inevitably be accompanied by serious public disorder requiring a major policing effort to the detriment of their normal duties. The government needs to take a step back and seriously reconsider this proposed action. Monument
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10:50am Fri 18 Jan 13

den friend says...

Why are we vaccinating badgers?
80% of TB infection is from cattle to cattle.
Farmers should be reviewing their farming practices and reducing the stressful conditions in which the dairy cows live. For instance stop taking away their calves at a day old!
When they discover that shooting badgers will have no effect on the incidence of TB, maybe they will rethink their approach to the problem, or will they find another species to persecute?
Why are we vaccinating badgers? 80% of TB infection is from cattle to cattle. Farmers should be reviewing their farming practices and reducing the stressful conditions in which the dairy cows live. For instance stop taking away their calves at a day old! When they discover that shooting badgers will have no effect on the incidence of TB, maybe they will rethink their approach to the problem, or will they find another species to persecute? den friend
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12:51pm Fri 18 Jan 13

FreeSpeech? says...

den friend wrote:
Why are we vaccinating badgers?
80% of TB infection is from cattle to cattle.
Farmers should be reviewing their farming practices and reducing the stressful conditions in which the dairy cows live. For instance stop taking away their calves at a day old!
When they discover that shooting badgers will have no effect on the incidence of TB, maybe they will rethink their approach to the problem, or will they find another species to persecute?
We aren't vaccinating badgers!
[quote][p][bold]den friend[/bold] wrote: Why are we vaccinating badgers? 80% of TB infection is from cattle to cattle. Farmers should be reviewing their farming practices and reducing the stressful conditions in which the dairy cows live. For instance stop taking away their calves at a day old! When they discover that shooting badgers will have no effect on the incidence of TB, maybe they will rethink their approach to the problem, or will they find another species to persecute?[/p][/quote]We aren't vaccinating badgers! FreeSpeech?
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