say a badger cull could make bovine TB worse
group opposed to the badger cull planned for parts of west Wales to tackle
the spread of bovine TB has held its first public meeting.
John Evans of Save the Badger, which met in Llantrisant, said it presented
a united front against a "cruel" cull to slaughter thousands of
The assembly government has said the pilot cull in Pembrokeshire is needed
alongside stricter cattle controls. Ministers have said bovine TB is "out
of control and unsustainable". The Badger Trust _ which is a member
of Save the Badger - is also seeking a judicial review of the decision to
hold the cull.
said the public were not aware of the scale of the cull and that badgers
would be killed "in their thousands". He said the Save the Badger
group had been created now because "so many organisations have already
been doing things in isolation to each other. "We need to unite to
show the people of Wales there is so much opposition to this from so many
organisations with all kinds of interests.
"But on this one issue we all unite - we want to stop the cull of badgers
also said the group planned "to demonstrate and protest and hopefully
get people to change their minds". He said: "We're not advocating
breaking the law. We will stay within the law. We believe we have the public
government gave the final go-ahead for the cull, with more frequent testing
of cattle, in January. The cull area covers 288 sq km (111 sq mile) of north
Pembrokeshire, and a small part of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Opposition
parties in the assembly have backed the decision. Rural Affairs Minister
Elin Jones said in January: "Bovine TB is out of control and unsustainable
and last year cost the taxpayer nearly £24m in compensating farmers.
know that cattle and badgers are the main sources of the disease and that,
if we want to achieve our aim of eradicating bovine TB, we have to tackle
the disease in both species. "The approach we will be taking in the
pilot area, carrying out a badger cull alongside strict cattle controls,
has not been tried before in the UK. "However, it is proving successful
in countries like New Zealand, where wild possums and cattle are the main
sources of infection."