Extending badger cull in Gloucestershire "insane", Lib Dems say
The anticipated extension of the badger cull in Gloucestershire has been branded as “insane”.
The county’s Liberal Democrats have voiced their anger after the cull was extended in Somerset.
Cheltenham Borough and County Councillor Klara Sudbury (LD, Charlton Park and College) said: “The six week trial to see if free shooting is safe, effective and humane has not only seen the needless slaughter of hundreds of badgers, but high policing costs in keeping the peace in the countryside.
“It is an absolute farce that the reason for extending the cull is simply due to the fact that not enough badgers were killed under the original licence, which was estimated to be 850 badgers.”
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Cotswold District and County Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton-on-the-Water and Northleach) added: “Extending the cull period will just exacerbate an already precarious situation and should just not happen.”