Lib Dems bid to stop cull on land
PRESSURE is set to build on Tewkesbury Borough Council to stand in the way of a proposed badger cull at a meeting tonight.
Liberal democrat councillors are planning to propose a motion calling on the authority to refuse to implement the measure on its land.
It comes after a High Court decision paved the way for Government plans to trial the shooting of the creatures to stop the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis among cattle.
Tewkesbury has been identified as one of two proposed trial zones in the West for the measure to be introduced.
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After failing to persuade the county council to refuse culling on its land, the Liberal Democrats will propose the same motion to the Tewkesbury authority at tonight's full council meeting.
Susan Hillier-Richardson (LD, Cleeve Grange) said: "This is something we are united on as a party. Culling badgers is not the answer to the problem. Vaccination is."
The measures, which could mean farmers in the area can shoot up to 70 per cent of badgers on their land, could be introduced by September.