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Badger cull 'would bring shame on Wales'

9 March 2010 - BBC News

Protesters have called on the assembly government to abandon a cull of badgers in Wales, saying it will bring "shame" on the country. Around 200 protesters gathered at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay on Monday to voice their opposition to the plans. A number of organisations took part in the protest organised by Save The Badger, an umbrella campaign group for individuals and organisations opposed to the planned badger cull. They include the Badger Trust, Animals Count and Secret World Wildlife Rescue.

John Evans, Save The Badger spokesman, said: "Over 30,000 people have signed petitions opposing their policy and all these have been handed in to the assembly government. Countless letters from people urging them to stop the slaughter have been sent by e-mail and post. Across Wales, public meetings have been held attracting large numbers of people angry at their plans. Like us, all these members of the public are horrified and appalled that in 2010, this International Year of Biodiversity, our government intend slaughtering thousands of badgers in Wales. And it's not just angry members of the public, or even the various animal conservation organisations like ours who disagree with the ethics of this policy, the majority of scientific research and evidence has stated for the record that culling badgers as a method of dealing with TB in cattle will not work."

Justin Kerswell, Campaigns Manager for Vegetarians International Voice for Animals (Viva!), who was present, said: "It's brilliant to see so many people from Wales and beyond united against this decision that will decimate Wales' wildlife. "Its a decision based on greed, stupidity and ignorance of science." Mr Kerswell said that as dairy farming in Wales had become more intensive, cattle have become more prone to disease, such as bovine TB. He said: "Rather than implementing tighter cattle controls which cost more money they are slaughtering badgers." Mr Kerswell added: "It will be the shame of Wales, it will be the shame of the UK."

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