The Green Party in the South West has issued a statement making clear their opposition to the cull of badgers. The statement also makes clear the party’s support for alternatives to culling such as controls on movements of cattle and vaccination.
Emily McIvor, the Green Party’s national speaker on rural affairs and a candidate in next year’s European Parliamentary elections said: “We need a long-term solution that avoids culling; our wild animals are precious, and when conflicts arise between farming interests and animal welfare, the Green Party will always look for a balance that is both humane and rational.
“The scientific evidence is weighted heavily against the cull and even the author of the main government paper, Professor John Krebs, architect of the landmark 10-year culling trials that ended in 2007, has called the cull ‘mindless’. The Green Party is clear that culling is not the answer to what we consider a very serious rural problem.”
Molly Scott Cato, the lead South-West Green Party candidate in the 2014 European elections and leader of the Green group on Stroud District Council is facing culling in her local area of Gloucestershire.
She said: “In view of the likely local opposition to the badger cull in my local area I find it deeply regrettable that the National Farmers Union (NFU) decided to try to limit peaceful protest on this issue and welcome the judge’s ruling on the injunction that the right to peaceful protect must be protected. The attempt to suppress peaceful opposition is a sign of weakness and it shows that the NFU knows the public, like the Green Party, is against the cull.”
(from a press release)