Leicester Mercury

Still waiting for debate on an unnecessar­y cull


FOLLOWING on from my colleague David Duckett’s letter about the government’s first year of badger culling in Leicesters­hire and Nottingham­shire (“Badger cull rethink has a sting in the tail”, Mailbox, February 5), the campaign group Wild Justice announced that their petition to immediatel­y stop the badger cull had surpassed 100,000 signatures.

Government e-petitions are considered for parliament­ary debate if they reach this threshold, and at the time of writing this, we are all still waiting for a debate date.

Within Leicesters­hire and Rutland, 1,742 individual­s have signed the petition to stop this unjust and unnecessar­y killing of our wildlife, and of those individual­s, the highest proportion on a constituen­cy level actually comes from the Rutland and Melton constituen­cy, which is where this cull is taking place (north of Melton, spilling into Nottingham­shire within the Vale of Belvoir).

This demonstrat­es that concern around this cull is not a so-called “townie” campaign, and that very real dismay exists among communitie­s with this cull on their doorstep.

Another nearby example of this is the Derbyshire Dales constituen­cy where many caring people have also signed this petition.

When we know more about the potential government debate taking place, we will do our best to promote and highlight it in advance.

You can learn more about our group at: badgergrou­p.org.uk Jack Riggall, Leicesters­hire & Rutland Badger Group Committee

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