Minister backtracks over Pembroke badger cull
11 June 2010 - BBC News
A cull on badgers in Pembrokeshire will NOT now begin before the results of an
appeal, the Welsh rural affairs minister has announced. Only two days ago, WAG
Farming Minister Elin Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) said the badger killing would continue until a judge said otherwise. But she has now announced that the cull will be delayed after finding out that the Court of Appeal had agreed to bring forward the
hearing to 30 June.
She said: "In light of the fact that the hearing will now be held very
quickly, I can commit to a delay in removing badgers until the judgement is
delivered. I do so in anticipation of an early and positive judgement for the
Welsh Assembly Government."
She added: "We will continue with our scientific approach that underpins our
eradication programme. We will proceed with the preparatory work under the legal
powers available to the WAG. In addition, farmers in the area are already subject to additional and
strict cattle control measures, and we do not intend to suspend those controls."
Stephen James, deputy president of
NFU Cymru said he believed the
Badger Trust was "trying to employ delaying tactics" over the cull. He added: "I am confident in my own mind at appeal the High Court judgement
will be upheld and that the Welsh Assembly Government will be able to proceed
with the badger cull."
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