Forest of Dean councillors move to ban badger cull
Civic leaders have moved to ban badger culling in the Forest of Dean.
At an extraordinary full meeting of the district council last night, councillors voted in favour of a motion to prevent slaughtering the animals on its land.
It will also move to get other, private landowners in the area on board.
The motion, proposed by councillor Jackie Fraser and amended slightly by coun Frank Baynham, said: "That this Council recognises that TB in cattle is a terrible disease which needs eradicating. It believes that the government should work in a sustainable way to this end. The Council does not, however, believe that a badger cull will support this objective and will therefore, not allow badgers to be culled on land which the Forest of Dean District Council owns, manages or controls.
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"The Forest of Dean District Council must make public safety and the care of our wildlife a priority and to this end this council must endeavour to make contact with all other land owners within its boundary to request that they refuse any culling of badgers on their land."