County councillors call for extraordinary meeting against badger cull
In opposition to the forthcoming badger cull Liberal Democrat Councillors from across Gloucestershire have today called for the county council's chairman to arrange an extraordinary meeting.
At the Budget and Performance Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 26th September it was suggested that the Council review its policy regarding Rural Practices and Procedures. The recommendation came after a petition had been submitted and signed by 779 people against the forthcoming badger cull.
Five Liberal Democrat County Councillors have given written notice of their wish to bring forward the Committee's recommendation before next month's full council meeting and prior to the start of such cull.
Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats Cllr. Klara Sudbury (LD, All Saints) said:
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"There has been overwhelming opposition to the cull from people from all walks of life.
"The date of the next full council is not until the 21st November but culling could start before this date.
"It is a matter of urgency that the Council seriously considers the recommendations that have been put forward by the Budget Scrutiny Committee regarding Rural Practices and Procedures before shooting starts."
Police and Crime Panel member Cllr. Bill Crowther (LD, Hucclecote) said:
"There is a very real risk to public safety that needs further consideration.
"It is not merely enough to just obtain a relevant licence to shoot badgers, but also a risk assessment from those council tenants involved in the cull."
Liberal Democrat Leader Cllr. Jeremy Hilton said:
"The scientific evidence is clear that a badger cull won't work and the Government needs to think again about proceeding with this course of action.
"Emotions are running high with this issue and it could result in innocent people being shot in areas where the badger cull is taking place. The last thing we need is people being killed or seriously injured, as well as the unnecessary slaughter of badgers."