Thursday, 5 September 2013

Simon King: Badger cull science is skewed to appease farmers

Ministers have been accused of selectively picking facts to justify the badger cull as Environment Secretary Owen Paterson announced two "pilot" projects in the South West are "proceeding to plan".

Somerset-based television presenter and cameraman Simon King, who is president of the Wildlife Trusts, warned the cull could do more harm than good and urged the Government to put pressure on Europe to allow a trial of vaccines for cattle.

He said the findings of the Independent Scientific Group report was skewed to appease farmers, even though the research concluded that culling could not make a meaningful contribution to tackling TB in cattle.

He said: "The report was based partly on the results of killing 11,000 badgers to establish whether this could make a meaningful contribution to the control of bovine TB (bTB) in England. The unequivocal conclusion was that it could not.

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