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MP raises concerns after badger cull reaches Cheshire

Ellesmere Port & Neston MP, Justin Madders has raised concerns with a senior Cabinet Minister, after licences were granted by the Government allowing badger culling take place on land in Cheshire East.

Addressing the Leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom MP, Madders urged the Government to withdraw the controversial proposals and to instead look at rolling out a programme of vaccination.
“The scientific evidence is that a vaccination process would be much more effective, yet the Government insist on carrying out this cruel and barbaric practice,” he said. Responding, Andrea Ledsom refused to halt the practice, claiming that the “the science is actually not entirely clear.”

Professors John Bourne, Rosie Woodroffe and Ranald Munro carried out a £50m trial of badger culling in 2007, which found that culling could “make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain.”

In a letter to Prime Minister, Theresa May in June 2016, the scientists said, “we urge you to review the considerable evidence that culling badgers is a risky, costly, and inhumane tool in the fight against bovine TB. We submit to you that expanding this unpromising programme would fly in the face of scientific evidence. We publicly call on you at this time to halt – not expand – the failed badger cull.” (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/13/badger-cull-expansion-flies-in-face-of-scientific-evidence)

After taking office the Labour Administration in Cheshire West & Chester banned badger culling on land owned by the Council.

Commenting, Justin Madders said:

“It is deeply concerning that this barbaric and inhumane practice will be taking place in Cheshire.

“All of the available scientific evidence states that the culling of badgers is not an effective way of tackling TB and that the vaccination of badgers and cattle is a much more effective alternative.

“I welcome the tough stance that Cheshire West and Chester Council has taken, but sadly it can only control what happens on land in its ownership. It’s time for the Government to face up to the facts and finally halt this discredit programme.”

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