by Melanie Squires, regional NFU Director
Badger culling must continue.
But on a different basis.
It would be more realistic if landowners were required to opt out rather than having to be canvassed to opt in to the cull.
The NFU is 100 per cent committed to rolling-out badger culling in areas where TB is rife.
Controlling badger populations is absolutely necessary if we are going to stop this disease spreading further around the country.
It is a policy that is vital to farming families and their businesses.”
I applaud the government’s courage in proceeding with pilot culls.
But they have to look at a different model for rolling out culling.
The issue of controlling TB will continue to be one of the NFU’s top priorities but Defra has got to be an equal partner.
There must be a stand-alone body responsible for gaining licences, resourcing the operations and managing the delivery.
There needs to be up-front funding and the process must be simplified.”
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