League welcomes postponement of badger cull
And Calls For Focus On Efforts To Find Science Based Alternatives
The League Against Cruel Sports says today’s postponement of the badger cull is “the right result for the wrong reasons.”
The charity is calling for the Government to reject the badger cull permanently and focus on the timely development of the DIVA test, the cattle vaccination programme and the work with European Union to enable vaccinated cows to be exported.
The announcement to postpone the cull was made by the Secretary of State for Environment, Owen Paterson, in the House of Commons this afternoon. He cited a number or reasons for doing so, including escalating costs, an increased badger population and uncertainty over whether the cull would kill enough badgers to be effective.
The League has played a central role in the campaign against the cull, as a member of the “Team Badger” coalition of organisations. Over recent months, the coalition has been joined by eminent scientists, supporters and members of the public in their opposition to the cull, on scientific, humanitarian, practical and cost grounds.
In addition, 160,000 people have, to date, signed a HM Government e-petition against the cull, which has led to a House of Commons debate, due to be held this Thursday, 25th October 2012.
Joe Duckworth, Chief Executive of the League Against Cruel Sports says: “While we welcome the reprieve for badgers through the Government’s decision not to go ahead with the cull this year, it is imperative that this is not simply a delay, but a definite end to the planned cull. At the moment, badgers are on death row for nine months. We need the Government to change their policy.
“Today’s decision provides an opportunity to find an effective solution to bovine TB, that doesn’t involve the pointless murder of badgers. We call on the Government to focus on the development of the DIVA test; the cattle vaccination programme; and on the work with The European Union to enable vaccinated cows to be exported.”
The results of a new YouGov poll, commissioned by the League Against Cruel Sports before today’s announcement, show the strength of public feeling over animal cruelty and welfare issues: 27% of adults in GB who were surveyed said they would be less likely to vote for their Member of Parliament in a General Election, if they support the badger cull, and only 6% said they would be more likely to vote for an MP who supports the cull. (YouGov October 2012)
Joe Duckworth concludes: “This poll and the support generated for the anti badger cull campaign generally, clearly demonstrates that cruelty to animals is an issue that really matters to the majority of people in this country, including in the next General Election."