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Cross party talks on badger cull to take place in February

By citizenmike  |  Posted: January 24, 2014

Badger cull task force started

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CROSS party talks on the effects of the badger cull in Gloucestershire are to take place.

The Gloucestershire County Council task group, formed after a successful motion by the Labour group, will listen to the experiences of farmers, animal rights groups, the police and the wider community who were affected by the cull.

The first meeting is expected to take place in February.

Evidence will be gathered to inform the debate surrounding future culls.

County councillor Paul McMahon (L, Coleford), who put forward the motion, said: "This is a unique opportunity for Gloucestershire County Council to do an impact assessment on the cull and listen to the experiences of farmers, animal rights groups as well as the police and the wider community who were affected by the badger cull.

“Since the cull ended we have heard a lot about the financial cost of culling badgers, but we haven’t heard from the people affected.

“The motion to create the badger cull task group passed with unanimous support from all political parties. As county councillors we want to know how the badger cull affected you and your community.

“All the evidence gathered will be collated and used to inform any future decisions on whether to continue with the culls or not.

“The county council will soon be inviting people to give evidence and information about the process will soon be issued through the local media.”

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  • Clued-Up  |  January 24 2014, 9:16PM

    I HOPE the Gloucestershire CC meetings will investigate and act on the perceived institutional bias shown by various police services and individual officers when policing the badger culls. The County Council's investigations may provide enough evidence to support the case for a future judge-led inquiry into police behaviour. At individual level, formal complaints have been made against the police and are being processed. The action I would like the CC to take relates to the broader issues. It seems to me, for example, there was a pattern of the police arresting protesters without having legal justification for doing so and of failing to investigate allegedly violent and property damaging behaviour by shooters and their supporters.

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