Gloucestershire Badger Cull Ends


The cull company and Natural England have agreed to stop the cull tomorrow


Published on 02 December 2013

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by George Eustice MP

(WireNews+Co)

London, England

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The cull company in west Gloucestershire and Natural England have agreed that culling operations will cease tomorrow (Saturday 30 November). Following discussions with the NFU, the cull company and Natural England, the licence for the extension of this year’s pilot cull will stop with effect from noon on Saturday.

This decision has been taken based on the decreasing number of badgers seen by contractors over recent weeks which makes achieving a further significant reduction in the coming weeks unlikely. The end of the cage-trapping season tomorrow was agreed by the cull company and Natural England as a sensible point to stop activity.

Farming Minister George Eustice said:

"The extension to the cull has been worthwhile and has removed a significant number of badgers which will make a difference to disease control in the area. Now that the cull company is seeing fewer badgers on the ground I agree with the decision to stop the pilot cull for this year and I pay tribute to all those who in the face of provocation have worked so hard.

"Let’s not forget that more than 305,000 cattle have been slaughtered in Great Britain in the past decade due to this terrible disease, which is why we are doing everything we can to get it under control."

An update to parliament will be made on Monday with the final results on the pilot cull in Gloucestershire.

Further information can be found on the Natural England website

 


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Posted 2013-12-02 11:55:00