This week, Judith took part in a packed Parliamentary debate about the Government’s widely discredited badger cull.
During this at times heated debate, Judith alongside a throng of other MPs challenged the Government to provide convincing evidence of the effectiveness of their programme of badger culling. The Government’s cull is allegedly a means of controlling bovine TB, but many including Judith have questioned how its effectiveness can be proven without proper evaluation or rigorous monitoring. In addition, many MPs lamented the cruelty of culling such a much loved resident of the British countryside, especially through the fiercely disputed method of shooting.
MPs heard as the debate unfolded that Government had recently confirmed that seven new culling areas would be permitted in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, in addition to the existing areas in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset. Culling in these newly permitted areas will be carried out over the course of four years, between 1st June and 31st January each year. The actual start date for the cull in each of these areas will be left to the licensed companies.
Judith said “ This opportunity to challenge Government about their widely discredited badger cull was very much overdue. It is critical that MPs continue to press Government especially in the wake of its controversial expansion. I alongside numerous other MPs quite rightly questioned the effectiveness of this programme, particularly in the absence of proper evaluation or rigorous monitoring. I believe the Government must reconsider their highly contentious badger cull without further delay.”