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Council bans badger culling on its land

Badger culling is to be banned on all land directly controlled by Cheshire East Council.

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Cheshire East Council bans badger culling on its land

The move follows an announcement from Defra to extend the cull to Cheshire and Wiltshire.

 

Though parks and open spaces owned by the council have previously been used to vaccinate badgers, culling will be forbidden.

 

Historic agreements give tenants on the council’s farm estate the freedom to take part in the cull, but their tenure would need to run for at least another four years in order to comply with Natural England’s requirements for a licence.

 

A Cheshire East Council spokesman said: “The council is aware of the significant problem Bovine TB has caused for farmers in Cheshire, for the rural economy and for the area’s wildlife.

 

“It works closely with Government agencies and other parties to understand the issues. The council is aware of control measures which are to be introduced in Cheshire, within the scope of national policies and practice.


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“The council will not engage in the culling of badgers on its land.”

 

Petition

 

In 2014, a petition was set up to push for the council to ban badger culling on its land and invest in local vaccination programmes on the grounds that the cull was ‘inhumane, inefficient and unscientific.’

 

274 people signed the petition, which claimed the issue would be ‘of direct concern to the people of Cheshire East’ when Defra rolled out the culls.

 

NFU deputy president Minette Batters said: “At the end of the day, this is Government policy and it is about eradicating the most serious threat to our livestock and dairy industry.

 

“The worst thing we will do, and this is the point the chief vet keeps on making, is leave islands of disease. It is really important we join all these areas up.

 

“It constantly gets forgotten that people are doing this to eradicate the disease, to restore healthy badgers and healthy cattle. It so often just gets reduced to people wanting to kill badgers.

 

“This is all about getting rid of this disease and following Government policy in order to do it.”

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