As the badger culls come to an end for the second year the Green Party has again condemned the government for pursuing this cruel and completely unnecessary policy. We call for an immediate end to the killing.
The Green Party has been opposed to the badger cull from the beginning on grounds that it is unscientific, unethical and will cause great suffering. Yet even after we were proved correct last year -when the Independent Assessment Panel confirmed that the culls had been ineffective and caused suffering- this government has inextricably ploughed on, throwing good money after bad. This year there has not even been proper independent assessment.
Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, proposed the motion in parliament that called for the cull to be abandoned and has been one of the most passionate speakers in Parliament against the cull. Once again Greens have led the way in opposing animal’s cruelty and others have followed.
I've been very active along with other vets in campaigning against the cull on scientific and ethical grounds and Greens for Animal Protection are active across the country in marches and demos.
It is unbelievable that this Government are continuing to fund animal suffering after the shambles of last year’s pilot culls, the news so far suggest this year is just as bad. In the meantime Wales have been doing what we suggested, concentrating on cattle. The results in Wales are impressive, they have reduced the number of cattle compulsorily slaughtered as a result of TB testing by more than 50 per cent since 2009, without killing a single badger. Data on new herd incidents in Wales for the 12 months to the end of March this year showed a 22 per cent reduction on the previous 12 months, with the number of cattle slaughtered down by a third over the same period.
When will Defra and this Government end its ridiculous and deeply damaging obsession with killing badgers?