Cull will not tackle disease

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Northumberland Wildlife Trust has spoken out againt the Government’s culling policy on badgers. Mike Pratt, the wildlife charity’s chief executive said: “It is a sad day for the natural world. I have loved badgers all my life and deeply regret that badger culls are proceeding despite the strength of scientific and public opinion against them.

“No Wildlife Trust in the United Kingdom will allow culling on its land.

“Although the wildlife trust movement may not agree with this decision, indeed we disagree strongly with it, we shall continue to engage in two way dialogue with everyone on this issue.

“We are very conscious of the hardship that bovine TB causes the farming community, however science clearly shows that a badger cull is not the solution and, in fact, the shooting of badgers could make the problem worse in affected areas.”