By Jenny Berg
A local action group against the badger cull in the South West England is meeting tonight at 7.30 pm at the Brighthelm Centre in North Road, Brighton.
The government has given the go-ahead for badgers to be culled in England this autumn as a measure to prevent the spread of tuberculosis in cattle. Up to 100,000 badgers can be killed if the scheme is extended beyond the two pilot areas, Somerset and Gloucestershire, to the rest of the country.
The RSPCA is calling on the government to reconsider the cull after a petition against the proposed cull reached 100,000 signatures in just two weeks.
The head of the campaign, Gavin Grant said: “It is clear that the science and public overwhelmingly reject the proposed badger cull as an answer to controlling bovine TB.
The UK Government must now listen to what the public are saying and give this matter some parliamentary time.”
The government claims there is scientific evidence showing that bovine TB can be transmitted from cattle to cattle, from badgers to cattle and cattle to badgers, and from badger to badger. However, it is not clear how big a role badgers play in the spread of bovine TB, and anti-cull campaigners argue that the cull will have no significant effect, and yet up to 70% of the badger population will be wiped out in the pilot areas.