Monday, 20 May 2013

Gloucestershire County Council votes 'no' to badger cull

Gloucestershire County Council is to write to the government objecting to a badger cull due to take place from next month.

Ministers want a cull to take place in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset in a bid to halt the spread of tuberculosis to cattle.

Two of the county's district councils have already voted to reject the cull.

It is due to happen on land owned by the council but the defined area has been kept secret.

The government says the cull can begin from 1 June.

Farming Minister David Heath said he was disappointed at the council's decision as "TB is having a devastating effect on farmers".

At a full council meeting on Wednesday, 25 politicians voted for a motion to object to the cull, with 19 voting against and seven abstentions.

The motion raised concerns the cull would be "cruel and ineffective" and the government would better serve farmers by investing in cattle and badger vaccinations.

The council has said it will write to Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, as well as Mr Heath.

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