Church wants badger cull debate
04 March 2009 - BBC News
Church leaders in Somerset have said the government's decision not to cull
badgers does not help farmers.
The Bath and Wells Diocese has called for talks to solve the problem of
bovine TB after rural affairs secretary Hilary Benn refused to order a cull. Tom
Done, of the diocese, said: "Cattle farmers are facing bankruptcy, depression
and some are even suicidal. We can have a
positive debate between the badger groups, farmers and the department for
environment, food and rural affairs - with all sides looking at the interests of
one another so we can have healthy wildlife and cattle for the benefit of those
of us who love our countryside."
Pauline Kidner, from the Somerset animal sanctuary,
Secret World Wildlife
Rescue, which looks after 100 badgers a year, said: "My immediate response
was perhaps they ought to stop reading the bible and read the report by the
Independent Scientific Group. That is a research project done over a period of
eight years costing the government £53m."
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