Trust slams badger cull

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has condemned a Government decision to press ahead with a cull of badgers in pilot areas in England.

It is calling on the Government to put biosecurity and vaccination at the centre of efforts to tackle the disease and avoid wasting more time and money on a cull in a bid to stop the spread of bovine TB. Chief executive Ed Green said: “An industry-led cull with open shooting in the countryside is untested and these pilots will not provide a scientific evaluation of the impact on bovine TB. The rationale for any cull of native species needs to be extremely clear and well proven.”