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Badger cull on council land to be discussed

By The Citizen  |  Posted: November 13, 2012

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CAMPAIGNERS against a badger cull in the county will have a keen eye on a meeting next week.

Gloucestershire County Council's next full council meeting on November 21 at 10am includes a review of their current policy of allowing the shooting of badgers on county land.

The review was recommended by the council's overview and scrutiny committee following receipt of a petition signed by 779 people.

Liz Gaffer, spokesman for Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting said: "We are hoping the council will acknowledge the evidence that allowing badger shooting in this way will not improve the situation with bovine TB for farmers, in fact it may make it worse."

The Gloucestershire meeting is the final council meeting to discuss the issue, following a 30/1 vote against culling on public land in the Forest of Dean and a majority voted to reject the proposal to cull at Tewkesbury Borough Council on October 1.

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  • badgerhugger  |  November 17 2012, 7:56PM

    Well said Grannyonline. And the farmers get compensated for bTB too. However let's keep the main fact uppermost. Shooting badgers will not help.

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  • FreeRadical1  |  November 16 2012, 5:32PM

    The meeting ought to be a bit of a bun fight. It might be worth attending. I suppose it all depends whether Tory members are allowed a free vote. I feel sure that many of them are privately opposed to the cull.

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  • grannyonline1  |  November 14 2012, 4:12PM

    cattle slaughtered last year 2,690,000 meat 125,000 infertility 90,000 mastitis 31,000 lame 26,000 Bovine Tb So you can see, TB is not the massive problem farmers would have us believe.Its way down the list There are far bigger problems in our cattle industry and slaughtering badgers will not help.

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