The Green Party has joined other local groups to campaign against proposals to extend the badger cull into West Berkshire.
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The government has ignored scientific and veterinary evidence, including that of its own experts, that slaughtering badgers to reduce bovine TB in cattle does not work and can even make the problem worse. So far £50 million of taxpayers’ money has been wasted on shooting badgers in the West Country.
The Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust, which runs Greenham Common, Snelsmore Common, the Nature Discovery Centre at Thatcham and several reserves in West Berkshire, has already said it will not allow badgers to be culled on any of its land.
It says: “We do not believe the shooting of badgers is ever an appropriate way of controlling bovine TB in cattle. There is no justification for a cull. We have proven that vaccination is a viable alternative.”
The Green Party regards the government’s policy as expensive, ineffective and inhumane.
Sometimes you wonder just what is wrong with the Conservative Party when it comes to animals. First they try to bring back fox-hunting, only for that to be rejected at the general election. Then they vote down an amendment by Green MP Caroline Lucas to recognise that animals are sentient beings.
Now they want to extend the badger cull into our district. West Berkshire Greens will work with other local groups to fight them all the way.