Expert says Gloucestershire badger cull 'not scientific'
ONE of the world's top dairy farmers has branded the badger cull as "not scientific".
Forest of Dean herdsman Steve Jones said if it went ahead, the "carnage, cost and corpses" would be there for all to see.
He made his comments at a meeting against the badger cull in Coleford on Friday, which had been due to be attended by Queen guitarit Brian May. He had to pull out after a family tragedy.
Mr Jones has managed cattle all over the world and says the spread of bovine tuberculosis on farms can be stopped with simple measures, such as cleaning out water troughs.
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And he condemned government plans for pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire, saying healthy animals would be left to die in agony and infected badgers would scatter in fear, spreading infection.
Chief executive of the RSPCA Gavin Grant told the meeting: "If they cull the badgers, we will never forget and never forgive."
The Government believes culling badgers will help combat bovine TB. It is to issue licences to land owners so they can shoot badgers with high-velocity rifles.
Last week the Badger Trust lost its case against the cull in the Court of Appeal.
Brian May, who spoke earlier this year at an anti-cull meeting in Stroud, sent a message of support and apology to the meeting.
His representative Anne Brummer, read a statement which said:"We may lose some battles, but, by God, we will not lose the war."
He urged people to spread the word about a petition at www.TeamBadger.org. If it gets 100,000 signatures the issue will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.