Tuesday 6 March 2018 / 2:18 PM Animal Welfare / Sue Hayman

This extension of the badger cull highlights Michael Gove’s total hypocrisy on animal welfare – Hayman

Sue Hayman MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, responding to reports that the badger cull will be extended into eight new counties in 2018, said:

“This extension of the badger cull highlights Michael Gove’s total hypocrisy on animal welfare. Nearly 20,000 badgers were culled last year, the highest number ever, as part of this ineffective and unscientific badger cull.

“This follows the Government’s recent intention to roll out the cull into areas that are designated as ‘low risk’, an approach becoming more unjustifiable with each passing month. The Government has no indication of how many badgers being shot are even infected and their free shooting policy raises serious questions about safety and standards.

“If the Tories are so determined to prove their environmental credentials, they should echo Labour’s commitment to halt the badger cull across England, reinstate their independent advisory panel and formally review their policy on how to tackle bovine TB.”