TV’s Bill backs the badgers

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THE patron of the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, Bill Oddie, is supporting moves by campaigners against the planned badger cull, as a poll suggests culling has limited public support.

The Government has given the green light for two pilot culls of badgers to go ahead in areas which are hotspots for TB in cattle despite the Wildlife Trust movement throughout the UK calling on the Government to put bio-security and vaccination at the centre of efforts to tackle this disease and avoid wasting more time and money on a cull.

Mike Pratt, Northumberland Wildlife Trust chief executive, said: “It is really reassuring that Bill Oddie, our longest serving patron and a person of such stature in the world of conservation, has spoken out against the badger cull – he really is the voice of the people.

“I reiterate what I have said a hundred times already – the Government’s priority should be preventing transmission of the disease on farmland, through improved biosecurity, badger vaccination and making swift progress on a cattle vaccine.”