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The Government should listen to the scientific evidence and abandon these disastrous badger culls

Maria Eagle

Maria Eagle MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, responds to the announcement that the second year of the Government’s badger culls have started in Gloucestershire and Somerset

“Last year an Independent Expert Panel concluded that these badger culls were ‘ineffective’ and ‘inhumane’, and more recently they have been described as an ‘epic failure’ by the Chief Scientific Advisor to Natural England. But instead of abandoning these appalling culls the Government have chosen to press ahead without any further independent expert monitoring.

“Labour has consistently said that to get Bovine TB under control we need to bring in stricter cattle measures and prioritise badger and cattle vaccinations, but these culls are not the answer.

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