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More opposition to badger culling

22 July 2008 - BBC News

Six Assembly Members have joined calls for plans for a badger cull in Wales to be abandoned. The group, who include four Labour AMs, echoed a Commons motion signed by nine MPs praising Westminster Rural Affairs Minister Hilary Benn. He has refused to back a cull in England to tackle bovine TB because he said it could make the situation worse. ...

The Welsh assembly statement of opinion was proposed by Lorraine Barrett, Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth. It has been supported by three other Labour AMs - Irene James (Islwyn), Lesley Griffiths (Wrexham) and Christine Chapman (Cynon Valley) - Liberal Democrat Peter Black (South West Wales) and independent Trish Law (Blaenau Gwent).

The statement said that "evidence shows a cull would not help eradicate bovine TB but could make matters worse" and urged Welsh Rural Affairs Minister Elin Jones to consider the evidence on which Mr Benn made his decision. It also called on Ms Jones to rule out a cull in Wales, to "return to a scientific-evidence based approach" and to "continue to promote other effective sustainable measures to tackle bovine TB, such as better animal husbandry and tighter controls on cattle movements."

The Welsh MPs to sign the motion are Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth), Martyn Jones (Clwyd South), Hywel Francis (Aberavon), Madeleine Moon (Bridgend), Paul Flynn (Newport West), Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd), Don Touhig (Islwyn) and Chris Bryant (Rhondda). It is also signed by Conservative Worthing MP Peter Bottomley. ...

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