MPs to debate controversial badger cull, following success of stop-the-cull e-petition
The Parliamentary Back Bench Business Committee, has agreed to table a debate in the House of Commons on Government plans to cull badgers. Their decision follows a petition against the planned cull, which has been signed by more than 156,000 people in less than a month. MPs will debate the plans on Thursday 25th October in a six-hour meeting.
The decision to debate the planned cull marks a significant point in the campaign to prevent the implementation of the badger cull given the go-ahead by the UK Government, which has already seen licences granted for the slaughter of badgers in so-called ‘pilot’ trials in the UK countryside, and which the League Against Cruel Sports, Brian May and fellow anti-cull Team Badger partners vigorously oppose.
The Team Badger campaign, which was launched in London last month as a partnership of all Britain’s leading animal welfare NGOs, has continued to gather momentum.
The cull is opposed by all of the UK’s major animal welfare organisations, including The League Against Cruel Sports, RSPCA, Save Me, Stroud 100, Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting, Animal Aid, Network for Animals, International Fund for Animal Welfare, Humane Society International/UK, The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, Blue Badger, Born Free, Peta, and RSPB.