Petition calls for changes to cull rules
POLICY allowing farmers to cull badgers on county council-owned land could change.
A petition of 779 signatures against the current approach, which permits farmers on council land to "exercise their own discretion" in badger culling, was presented to Gloucestershire County Council's scrutiny committee yesterday.
Around 20 campaigners presented the petition and, after a lengthy debate, the committee voted in favour of the issue being put to the full council. Should the current policy remain, the committee recommended that all tenants should provide evidence of risk assessments done in relation to public safety.
Councillor Bill Crowther (LD, Hucclecote) said: "We should be urging our tenants not to allow badger culling due to the safety issues that will arise. The whole thing is a complete disaster. We must ask our tenants to notify us and then ask them what risk assessments have been done."
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Liz Gaffer, spokesman for Gloucestershire Against Badger Shooting, said: "You, the council, should consider changing the agreement and you should be encouraging your tenants to go down alternative routes."