Pub­lic meet­ing to protest at cull of badgers

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CAM­PAIGN­ERS against a badger cull in Mac­cles­field have or­gan­ised a pub­lic meet­ing to fight the pro­pos­als.

Mem­bers from The Wir­ral and Cheshire Badger Group are fight­ing pro­pos­als for the first badger cull in Cheshire.

It comes af­ter Nat­u­ral Eng­land, a pub­lic body re­spon­si­ble for the en­vi­ron­ment, re­ceived an ‘ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est’ sup­port­ing culls in Cheshire among 29 ap­pli­ca­tions across the coun­try. It has not yet dis­closed the ex­act lo­ca­tion for culling, which in­volves killing badgers in a bid to stop the spread of Bovine TB to cat­tle.

Mac­cles­field farm­ers say the dis­ease is crip­pling their busi­nesses be­cause when it’s de­tected in a herd there are strict con­trols ban­ning them mov­ing the cat­tle which means they lose money they would have made sell­ing them.

But an­i­mal rights groups say there is not enough ev­i­dence to prove that Bovine TB is passed from badgers to cat­tle.

The Wir­ral & Cheshire Badger Group, sup­ported by Hu­mane So­ci­ety In­ter­na­tional, is hold­ing a pub­lic meet­ing to help raise aware­ness.

Jane Cullen, chair­man of the group which runs a badger vac­ci­na­tion pro­gramme in Adling­ton, said Bovine TB is mostly passed be­tween cat­tle.

She said: “It’s im­por­tant that any mem­ber of pub­lic op­posed to the sense­less slaugh­ter of badgers comes to that meet­ing and sup­ports the cam­paign. We re­ject the gov­ern­ment pol­icy on badger culling as it’s un­sound and un­ac­cept­able.

“We are work­ing re­ally hard to vac­ci­nate the badgers against Bovine TB as one of the mea­sures to solve the prob­lem.

“It’s a need­less cull and won’t solve the prob­lem.”

Guest speak­ers at the meet­ing will in­clude a vet and rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the RSPCA.

Char­lotte Har­ris, chief ex­ec­u­tive at Cheshire Wildlife Trust, said the trust is op­posed to the culling of badgers.

She said: “We are sym­pa­thetic to the farm­ers whose cat­tle are af­fected by this dev­as­tat­ing dis­ease but culls have been found to be re­peat­edly flawed in their method­ol­ogy, mea­sures and ob­jec­tives. They missed their targets, were ex­pen­sive and their im­pact on the TB prob­lem if any is un­cer­tain.”

The meet­ing is on Fri­day, April 15, at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) at Adling­ton Hall, Mill Lane, Adling­ton, Mac­cles­field.

Email Wir­ral & Cheshire Badger Group at info@ wcbg.org.uk.

●● Cam­paign­ers are fight­ing a pro­posed cull of badgers in Mac­cles­field

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