Public meeting to protest at cull of badgers
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