Badger campaigners call on Gloucestershire politicians to prevent culling on council land
Anti-badger cull campaigners are calling on politicians to help protect the animals.
The trial cull, postponed late last year, will now go ahead from June 1, including in parts of the Forest of Dean and west Gloucestershire.
It is hoped the cull will help erdicate bovine TB but the issue is hugely controversial.
Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting (GABS) is asking each political party in the county to sign up to a pledge making council-owned land a no-cull zone.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Jeanne Berry, a spokesman for GABS, said: "We know that local people are overwhelmingly against a badger cull in the county and we are asking Gloucestershire people to contact their council candidates to pledge for change.
"The county council elections in May are the first chance for people to have their say on this cull at the ballot box."
But Jeremy Hilton, leader of Gloucestershire's Liberal Democrats, said he was disappointed by the move.
He said: "Liberal Democrats on Gloucestershire County Council have led the opposition to the culling of badgers, whether in Gloucestershire or elsewhere.
"In 2012 we proposed two motions for debate at Shire Hall opposing the killing of badgers. I am disappointed that the pressure group GABS have made this a party political issue.
"They were told that the Liberal Democrat manifesto would have a clear policy opposing the culling of badgers in our county."