007 Roger Moore backs anti-badger cull campaign
A HOST of well-known characters, including 007, M, an Avenger, Prince Vultan, Judge John Deed, a Prime Minister and a lion-hearted star, have backed a campaign against the badger cull in Gloucestershire.
Actors behind the characters, including Sir Roger Moore, Dame Judi Dench, Joanna Lumley, Brian Blessed, Martin Shaw, Anthony Head and Virginia McKenna OBE are among more than 100 celebrities, scientists, naturalists, veterinarians and leading animal welfare and conservation groups to have signed a statement calling on the Government to stop the cull.
The joint statement reads: “We the undersigned ask the government to stop the badger cull and to implement instead the more sustainable and humane solution of vaccination, improved testing and better bio-security.”
Two pilot culls intended to test the safety, efficacy and humaneness of culling badgers could begin any day now for a period of six weeks in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire.
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Supporters of the cull say it is needed to help stop the spread of bovine TB from badgers to cattle.
The Government estimates 28,000 otherwise healthy cattle were slaughtered in the UK last year because of bovine TB.
But opponents suggest the Government should adopt a policy of vaccination instead of a cull.
Campaigners are already patrolling Gloucestershire on the lookout for wounded badgers.