Stop the Badger cull in West Berkshire.
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The Government has issued a statement signalling the strong possibility of a badger cull in Berkshire in 2018. This shocking news flies in the face of the Government’s own research that has not scientifically proven that culling badgers can make a meaningful contribution to the reduction of bovine TB. A testing scheme conducted by the University of Surrey, which included badgers collected from road kills in Berkshire, showed that none of the carcasses examined were infected with TB.
The cull has so far cost taxpayers £50 million, with no proof of any disease control, and yet we in West Berkshire have just seen the highest council tax bill rise for many years. Badgers, farmers and taxpayers alike deserve better than this stubborn pursuit of a shockingly incompetent disease mismanagement policy.
Any extension of the cull into West Berkshire is opposed by Binfield Badger Group – Protecting Badgers across Berkshire, The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, Badger Trust, West Berkshire Green Party, and other local groups and individuals. We call on the Government to:
1 Abandon any extension of the cull into West Berkshire.
2 Instead of slaughtering badgers, invest in better testing methods for bovine TB to replace the current antiquated and unreliable test.
3 Invest in badger and cattle vaccination as an alternative to this cruel and pointless cull.
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