CAFH in The Guardian- Letters, 17/12/2011

By December 17, 2011 Uncategorised

We are disappointed that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided not to listen to scientific evidence, the majority of the public or the advice of external stakeholders and, instead, is to go ahead with badger cull trials (Report, 15 December). These proposals are providing false hope that badger culls will eradicate the terrible problem of bovine TB. The trials will cost farmers £1.4m and cost £2m for police forces in each cull area over four years. If the government goes ahead with 10 cull areas from 2013 onwards, it could cost £20m plus in policing costs alone. We call on the government to focus its resources on improving biosecurity, limiting the transfer of TB between cattle, and producing fully functional vaccines for both badgers and cattle.

Joe Duckworth Chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports

Mark Jones Executive director, Humane Society International/UK

Anne Brummer Founder and trustee, Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue

Andrew Tyler Director, Animal Aid

Lorraine Platt Co-founder, Conservatives Against Fox Hunting

Libby Anderson Acting chief executive, One Kind

Simon Cowell Founder/director, The Wildlife Aid Foundation

Robbie Marsland UK director, International Fund for Animal Welfare

Wally Burley, Chair, Labour Animal Welfare Society

Peter Bottomley MP Conservative, Worthing West

Martin Horwood MP Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham

Dr Caroline Lucas MP Green, Brighton Pavilion

Kerry McCarthy MP Labour, Bristol East

Bob Russell MP Liberal Democrat, Colchester

Adrian Sanders MP Liberal Democrat, Torbay

Mike Weatherley MP Conservative, Hove and Portslade

Chris Williamson MP Labour ,Derby North