Sheffield MP critical of badger culls

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Sheffield MP Clive Betts has accused the Government of ‘pursuing badgers’ instead of the eradication of Bovine TB.

He made the accused against Owen Paterson, the Secretary of State for the Environment, after the leaking of the latest report of the Independent Expert Panel, which said that badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset had been ineffective and inhumane.

Clive Betts said: “Owen Paterson has put posturing before good policy, secrecy before transparency, conflict before consensus, and prejudice before science.

“His policy is now so discredited and embarrassing that there won’t even be any independent scientific oversight of the next culls.

“These culls have been bad for farmers, bad for the taxpayer and bad for our wildlife.”