Hampshire County Council votes to ban badger culling on its land over concerns that the science behind the project is unproven.

The RSPCA has welcomed a Hampshire County Council vote to ban badger culling on its land and has called on the Government to listen to opponents of the project.

Councillors backed a motion to ban badger culling on county council-owned land at a full council meeting in Winchester (September 19).

The motion argued culling was not a scientifically proven solution to the problem of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

The meeting came after pilot culls have been launched to kill 5,000 badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire to curb the spread of bTB.

RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: “The Government cannot keep ignoring the growing numbers of people who are opposed to its unscientific and unethical shooting of badgers.

“Now councillors have come together to vote overwhelmingly against the policy. As the first shots have been fired against the badgers, people have been faced with the sad reality of what it actually means and it has become increasingly clear to many this cull is not the answer to bovine TB in cattle.

“Huge numbers of badgers are dying – probably in their thousands – and yet science has shown this will make little difference to bovine TB in cattle. We also have grave concerns about how they are being killed and whether this is humane.

“We are deeply sympathetic to the farmers dealing with the problems of this disease – but this cull will be of little help to their cattle.”
 

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