Liberal Democrats criticise badger cull extension

Cotswold Journal: Liberal Democrats criticise badger cull extension Liberal Democrats criticise badger cull extension

LIBERAL Democrats across the county have voiced their anger over the likely extension of the badger cull in West Gloucestershire.

It follows confirmation last Friday that the badger cull in West Somerset will be extended until the end of this month.

Cotswold District and County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton and Northleach) supports the concerns already expressed by Gloucestershire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martin Surl.

“I am disappointed and gravely concerned that this already highly controversial and divisive issue will be prolonged further by extending the badger cull in West Gloucestershire," he said.

“I commend the work already undertaken by the constabulary in policing an extremely volatile situation between both the cull operators and those actively in the cull zone who are opposed to the cull.

“Extending the cull period will just exacerbate an already precarious situation and should just not happen.”

Fellow County Councillor Klara Sudbury has contacted Natural England directly to express concerns about the new licence, which authorises an extra three weeks of culling and will see the further slaughter of hundreds of healthy badgers.

“The six week trial to see if free shooting is safe, effective and humane has not only seen the needless slaughter of hundreds of badgers, but high policing costs in keeping the peace in the countryside," she said.

“It is an absolute farce that the reason for extending the cull is simply due to the fact that not enough badgers were killed under the original licence, which was estimated to be 850 badgers."

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6:42pm Wed 16 Oct 13

Catherine Ryal says...

Better late than never I suppose. Perhaps you could now try to inspire more LibDem MPs to sign EDM299.
Better late than never I suppose. Perhaps you could now try to inspire more LibDem MPs to sign EDM299. Catherine Ryal

10:34pm Wed 16 Oct 13

D Bartlett says...

We want this shower of a government out, we have no democracy anymore the people are I sick in the stomach with what has happened to our wildlife, I'm ashamed to be British, I'm ashamed of my Royal family for not doing something. I think we need to be more like the French and riot, we've tried the democratic way and we are just being ignored, I think it's time for action.
We want this shower of a government out, we have no democracy anymore the people are I sick in the stomach with what has happened to our wildlife, I'm ashamed to be British, I'm ashamed of my Royal family for not doing something. I think we need to be more like the French and riot, we've tried the democratic way and we are just being ignored, I think it's time for action. D Bartlett

1:27pm Thu 17 Oct 13

briphkrh says...

The LibDems need to stop just saying nice things and actually *DO* something. They are what is keeping the government surviving so either withdraw and give us the general election we need or grow a pair, get the cull stopped, get Paterson out and get the DEFRA/NFU mutual appreciation society links broken.
The LibDems need to stop just saying nice things and actually *DO* something. They are what is keeping the government surviving so either withdraw and give us the general election we need or grow a pair, get the cull stopped, get Paterson out and get the DEFRA/NFU mutual appreciation society links broken. briphkrh

2:08pm Thu 17 Oct 13

luke_boorman says...

words fail me, i feel so angry at men who go out in the evening and kill our precious wildlife what right do they have to decide what lives or dies, spreading lies to justify their actions. there are more people against this than for it so why doesn't this government listen before its to late. I bet these morons who go out killing are loving every minute of it ,its just another blood sport to them, its about time farmers were held to account for their actions its bad enough they slaughter so many cattle, they have no right to slaughter our wildlife. And when they talk about controlling the animal population, any animal that is, they need to wake up and look at the human population boom, why do people think they are so much more important than anything else on the planet.
words fail me, i feel so angry at men who go out in the evening and kill our precious wildlife what right do they have to decide what lives or dies, spreading lies to justify their actions. there are more people against this than for it so why doesn't this government listen before its to late. I bet these morons who go out killing are loving every minute of it ,its just another blood sport to them, its about time farmers were held to account for their actions its bad enough they slaughter so many cattle, they have no right to slaughter our wildlife. And when they talk about controlling the animal population, any animal that is, they need to wake up and look at the human population boom, why do people think they are so much more important than anything else on the planet. luke_boorman

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