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Letter: Badger cull would be futile

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I agree with previous correspondents about the futility of the badger cull.

I agree with previous correspondents about the futility of the badger cull.

Environment Minister Caroline Spelman has ignored the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TBs assertion that badger culling could not 'meaningfully contribute' to the control of the disease – a conclusion reached after a near-decade-long scientific study that involved the killing of 11,000 badgers.

This is because culling displaces badgers, spreading infection over a wider area.

Mrs Spelman has approved a six-week slaughter programme that will take place in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset this year.

The Welsh Assembly has also announced plans to cull badgers in Pembrokeshire.

The badgers will be trapped in cages overnight and then transferred to execution cages where they will be shot in the head.

Farmers, quite rightly, are worried about the public perception of a cull of one of Britain's most loved wild animals.

If you are worried too, support the growing lobby against the cull by joining an anti-cull organisation and don't drink milk if the cull goes ahead.

J McDermott

Wellington

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