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Group claims secret report to extend cull

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 21, 2013

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CAMPAIGNERS against the controversial badger cull have claimed a "secret report" was published by Whitehall to expand the cull.

Anti-badger cull group Care for the Wild said the report shows Environment Secretary Owen Paterson and the National Farmers Union have agreed to roll out the cull to parts of the UK.

The cull in Gloucestershire lasted more than 10 weeks, and fell short of the 70 per cent target.

But the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs denied having produced the report, although an audit of both pilot schemes has been compiled by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratory Agency.

An independent panel of experts is set to produce their report in the new year, and protesters insist no action to expand the cull should be taken until then.

A Defra spokesman said: "There is no secret report. The independent expert panel is considering the findings of the cull pilots."

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  • wenmacca  |  December 23 2013, 8:13AM

    If, as DEFRA say, "The independent expert panel is considering the findings of the cull pilots", they won't go ahead with rolling out the cull as everybody knows that the "trial" culls were a complete failure and didn't meet any of Owen Paterson's criteria. However, as is also clear, Owen Paterson, DEFRA, the NFU and seemingly our Prime Mininster are hell-bent on pursuing this cruel and pointless slaughter of our badgers against advice from scientists, wildlife experts, many vets and even Natural England's (what a misnomer) own advisers. And this despite the cheaper, viable and humane alternative of vaccination. They say they "only" killed just over 1,100 badgers during the trial cull - well short of the target required supposedly to ensure no worsening of the disease in cattle from perturbation of badger colonies. Try to picture that many dead badgers, several of which were shot having been trapped in cages overnight in terrible weather. As has been proven in Ireland farmers would reduce bTB in their herds by improving their cattle husbandry and long-term woefully inadequate bio-security measures yet they are determined to make badgers the scapegoats. Shame on them all.

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  • Barri  |  December 21 2013, 10:48AM

    DEFRA ? DEATHRA more like.

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