campaigner says badger cull delay is a 'hollow victory'
campaigners in the Burnham-On-Sea area have welcomed the Government's
decision to postpone the start of its controversial badger cull
until next summer.
cull campaigners at East Huntspill's Secret World Wildlife Centre
have always claimed the cull was unnecessary and unscientific.
Pauline Kidner said: "It is a hollow victory that we still
have to fight against the badger cull next year. We are still
in a desperate situation with farmers affected by this terrible
disease who suffer not just financially but emotionally as well."
would have been so much better to have put this flawed and ill-conceived
badger cull behind us and for us to join with farmers to make
the Government move forward with the cow vaccine which is far
more a reality than the government is letting on."
added: "I applaud the Badger Trust who have worked so hard
against the cull in a measured and peaceful way, vastly different
from the scaremongering tactics of those keen to see the badger
cull go ahead."
the Somerset Badger Group and Secret World Wildlife Rescue have
proved that badgers can be vaccinated at low cost. Vaccination
has to be the way forward for both species."
postponement of the cull was announced on Tuesday by Environment
Secretary Owen Paterson, who told MPs that culling was originally
delayed by the Olympics and legal proceedings, and now because
there are more badgers in the cull areas than previously estimated.
Shadow Environment Secretary Mary Creagh said: "We warned
the government that this cull was bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers
and bad for wildlife. The badger cull showed how out of touch
the government is and this delay shows ministers are too weak
and incompetent to deliver it."