Rotherham MP Denis MacShane has accused the Government of launching a ‘campaign of extermination’ against badgers without adequate scientific evidence.
Mr MacShane’s comments follow a debate on the Coalition Government’s proposals to kill badgers in an effort to control bovine tuberculosis.
He is campaigning in memory of former Rotherham MP Peter Hardy, who piloted the first badger protection legislation through the Commons.
He said: “There are tensions between any animals in their natural environment and farmers seeking to maximise profit. But David Cameron has given in to big landowners who want to create mono-agro-economies. Ministers have unleashed Badgercide to please their land-owning and agro-industry friends.”