Outspoken Bill Oddie joins badger cull protesters on night patrol
"UNREASONABLE, irrational and cruel."
Those were the words used by conservationist and broadcaster Bill Oddie to describe the badger cull as he visited Gloucestershire on Thursday night to show solidarity for the protesters.
He met with members of Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting's (GABS) Wounded Badger Patrol in Eldersfield around 6.30pm.
The television presenter has been a vocal and passionate opponent of the badger cull, having spoken out against it before.
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He said: "This is one of the most controversial, unreasonable, unnecessary and damaging 'solutions' I have ever known in my whole life.
"It really is. It is revolting the government has not listened to the people, it is unbelievable. The fact is that there are masses of information from scientists and experts singing the cull is not going to work in eradicating bovine tuberculosis.
"There is no reason to believe a vaccine would not work, and information has been kept from the people. It is a travesty."
He condemned an application by private cull companies to Natural England to extend the cull in Gloucestershire, and said it should not be approved.
The cull in the county is set to end in the middle of next week, and protesters in Gloucestershire have long claimed the target of more than 2,800 badgers will not be met.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson said: "We know that despite the strict controls we already have in place, we won't get on top of this terrible disease until we start dealing with the infection in badgers as well as in cattle.
"That is why these pilot culls are so important. We have to use every tool in the box because TB is so difficult to eradicate and it is spreading rapidly.
"If we had a workable vaccine we would use it."