The Badger Trust is disappointed that the Welsh Assembly Government has decided to continue with plans to trap and shoot badgers as part of a campaign to eliminate bovine TB.

The Badger Trust is disappointed that the Welsh Assembly Government has decided to continue with plans to trap and shoot badgers as part of a campaign to eliminate bovine TB.
 
BadgerThe conservation group believes the killing programme still depends on a final decision by Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones, and would not begin before the end of the closed season next spring.
 
With this in mind, the trust has sent a further letter before action to the Welsh Assembly Government as part of the Judicial Review Pre Action Protocol. In it, the charity asks for an answer by November 19 and further action will depend on the response.
 
The Badger Trust claims to use all lawful means to campaign for the improved protection of badgers as part of its general activities to promote and enhance the welfare, conservation and protection of badgers, their setts and their habitats for the public benefit.
 
Badger Trust chairman David Williams said: “This has been a sad example of assembly members listening more to political clamour than to the science, but we remain committed to finding an acceptable alternative to culling, and we are willing to enter into discussions to do so.
 
“We must emphasise, though, that we would only tolerate the killing of badgers where it was underpinned by robust scientific evidence proving that it was necessary, was humane in method and would achieve a legitimate aim such as preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis. We do not consider that this test has been satisfied in the current instance.”

 

Badger image ©iStockphoto.com/Dirk Frede
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