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West Cornwall MP urges goverment to scrap badger cull

By CMChloe  |  Posted: December 13, 2013

  • West Cornwall MP urges goverment to scrap badger cull

  • West Cornwall MP urges goverment to scrap badger cull

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A west Cornwall MP has called for the government’s badger cull policy to be scrapped immediately.

Andrew George, MP for St Ives, told the House of Commons the cull has been ineffective and could make the spread of TB worse.

He said: “We will now have to wait a couple of weeks for the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) to determine whether they believe that the two pilots were ‘effective, safe and humane’. I don’t know what they will say about the safety and the humaneness about the pilots, but if they conclude that they were ‘effective’ then it will call into question the wisdom of the expert panel itself.

“I warned the government at the time that their policy was not based on sound science and ran the very high risk of making the situation significantly worse. Farmers need a robust policy to get on top of a disease which has a devastating impact on livestock, and the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families. The partial cull of the badger population in any area can only disrupt the stability of the badger social groups to the point where TB transmission is increased and the risk to livestock is heightened.”

Mr George has teamed up with Professor Rosie Woodroffe of the Zoological Society of London to create the first and largest community-led badger vaccination project in the UK.

He urged the government to get behind community projects, such as the vaccination he is trying to roll out in the Penwith area, to help stop the spread of TB.

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  • emurfitt  |  December 15 2013, 8:44PM

    Thank God for Andrew George's cool head and common sense. Where are all the other MPs? Are the ones who voted for the cull hiding in shame?

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  • Bex173  |  December 15 2013, 2:50PM

    Finally, an MP who knows how to read and understand science. Well done!!

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  • badgerhugger  |  December 13 2013, 6:00PM

    The tide is turning folks. What a pity it required the government to make such a complete cock-up before they realised what all the scientific trials have been telling them for years.

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  • D-Head  |  December 13 2013, 5:50PM

    At last a member of the ConDems getting something right. Well done Mr George, but your government's policies are still covering the countryside with concrete which will see off badgers and who knows what other wildlife.

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  • fischadler  |  December 13 2013, 12:53PM

    An MP talking sense at last and that does not happen very often. If there is any possibility that the culls will make BTB worse then they should be scrapped immediately and a nationwide badger vaccination program initiated. This will be far cheaper than culling , more effective in controlling BTB and get the public back on the side of the farmers.

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  • Clued-Up  |  December 13 2013, 10:22AM

    Well said Andrew George!

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  • Clued-Up  |  December 13 2013, 10:22AM

    Well said Andrew George!

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