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.”

What do you think about the badger cull? Cruel to wildlife? Or vital for farming? Let us know! Just post below!

Posted by on November 26, 2013. Filed under NEWS. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry


  1. G

    November 26, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Get lost and take your pro NFU story with you!! No one is interested in your type!!

  2. Cristina Parker

    November 26, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    The NFU make me sick. Their policies have been responsible for bTB taking hold in cattle and infecting wildlife and they have the brass nerve to think they can continue to dictate the policy.

    They are a disgrace.They have polluted the countryside and the polluter should pay.We do not consent to their dictatorship and we do not consent to the killing of our wildlife.

  3. Nigel Clackworthy

    December 1, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Badgers have been around thousands of years as have cattle .Its wrong to put all the blame on badgers after all this disease has been around for centuarys the government need to stop killing the wildlife yes I feel sorry for farmers but if we aren’t careful the badger is gonna become extinct like many other species

  4. Richard Ellin

    December 1, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    It’s about time you got real. It’s never been proven that the badgers spread the diesease. If you mess with nature. It will come back and bite you squarely in the ass. And boy oh boy do you need yours biting Melanie Squires.Take yourself and your policies and shove them where the sun does’nt shine. You are an embarrassment to this country and it’s wildlife

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