WE the signatories below are disappointed that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has decided not to listen to scientific evidence, the majority of the public or the advice of external stakeholders and is to press ahead with badger cull trials.
These proposals are providing false hope that badger culls will eradicate the terrible problem of bovine tuberculosis.
The trials will cost £1.4m to farmers and £2m for police forces in each cull area over four years.
We call upon the Government to focus its resources on improving biosecurity, limiting the transfer of TB from cattle to cattle, and producing fully functional vaccines for both badgers and cattle.
Joe Duckworth, chief executive, League Against Cruel Sports; Mark Jones executive director, Humane Society International/UK; Anne Brummer, Harper Asprey Wildlife Rescue; Andrew Tyler, director Animal Aid; Lorraine Platt, Conservatives Against Fox Hunting; Libby Anderson, One Kind; Simon Cowell MBE, The Wildlife Aid Foundation; Robbie Marsland, International Fund for Animal Welfare; Wally Burley, Labour Animal Welfare Society; Brian May, Save Me;
Peter Bottomley MP, Conservative, Worthing West; Martin Horwood MP, Liberal Democrat, Cheltenham; Dr Caroline Lucas MP, Green, Brighton Pavilion; Kerry McCarthy MP, Labour, Bristol East; Bob Russell MP, Liberal Democrat, Colchester; Adrian Sanders, MP Liberal Democrat, Torbay; Mike Weatherley, MP Conservative, Hove and Portslade; Chris Williamson MP, Labour, Derby North.