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No decision on badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire or extension to Dorset

By Western Daily Press | Posted: March 28, 2014
By Graeme Demianyk

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Above – Owen Paterson – Conservative Government Minister – Undecided As Always !

Owen Paterson told MPs yesterday that no decision had been made on the resumption of badger culling in Gloucestershire and Somerset or its extension to Dorset

The Government’s badger cull strategy hangs in the balance today after ministers side-stepped the chance to announce whether the policy to tackle tuberculosis in cattle in the South West was to be expanded.

Expectation was mounting that Environment Secretary Owen Paterson would yesterday reveal whether other areas would join badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire. But Mr Paterson told the House of Commons he was still considering an independent report on the two pilot projects to determine whether to go ahead with more. The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs received the Independent Expert Panel report more than two weeks ago. It has examined whether it was safe, humane and effective for free-running badgers to be shot by trained marksmen during the pilots – though has no remit for the extensions.

It is understood that if more culls are sanctioned, the roll-out will be limited to just one next year out of a maximum of ten, with Dorset considered the most likely candidate.

But the coalition Government may decide not to extend the policy at all, and even halt the Somerset and Gloucestershire culls that were expected to continue for another three years, amid growing backbench disquiet.

Any decision will have to be endorsed by David Cameron and Nick Clegg, underlining that either coalition partner could halt the plan.

Bovine TB, which can be spread by badgers, has blighted West Country herds for more than a decade.

A Liberal Democrat source revealed that senior figures in the party had received the IEP analysis only this week, and they were yet to take a position on whether the policy should continue.

The source said: “We know there are powerful reasons why there needs to be an effective policy to tackle the disease, but there has to be the evidence to back it up. We are studying the report and while we recognise a decision needs to be made soon we have to give it careful consideration.”

Cornwall’s St Ives MP Andrew George has led the Lib Dem opposition to culling and is pioneering a badger vaccination project in West Cornwall as a ready-made alternative.
“I fear that the Tory side of the coalition Government wants to place political dogma and gesture politics above evidence-based policy making,” he said.

During the monthly Defra Questions session in the Commons yesterday, Mr Paterson was asked by Labour MP Angela Smith whether he would “reconsider the policy and to abandon absolutely any plans for rolling out culling later in the year”.

Mr Paterson responded: “I received the panel’s report only recently. I am considering it, and I will come back to the House in due course, when it has been fully considered.”

Conservatives on the backbenches, who have been the most supportive of the plan, are also showing doubts about the plan.

Stephen Metcalfe, Tory MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, asked if Mr Paterson would “agree to look at all other options, and accept that if one course of action fails, it is time to look for another”.

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