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Science Advisor Says Badger Cull Plan Is a 'Crazy Scheme'

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The scientist whose research is being cited by the government to justify its plan to cull badgers in England has described the scheme as "crazy".

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irene davis (74)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:06 am
Lord Krebs, who is one of the government's most respected scientific advisers, said that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which is administering the scheme, has no way of knowing how many badgers there are in the area, so will not know when they've killed 70% of the badgers in the area.~With no way of knowing how many have been killed this is as this Lord said a CRAZY SCHEME.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 12:40 am
"Lord Krebs spoke to BBC News after the government's environment advisory body Natural England has issued a culling licence to a consortium of landowners in Gloucestershire.

The cull is intended to control the spread of TB in cattle.

A second licence will be issued to farmers in Somerset within days.

Both groups will then have to show that they can pay for the culling and shoot them in sufficient numbers before full licences are granted. BBC News has been told that these could be issued in three weeks and intensive culling could begin immediately.

The culls will be monitored by an independent group for a period of six weeks. If the body is satisfied that the culls are effective and humane it will advise ministers to continue the trials for four years.

This would pave the way for further applications. Natural England will issue a maximum of 10 licences each year - with future culls."

Danuta Watola (1248)
Tuesday September 18, 2012, 3:57 am
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