The Prime Minister has acknowledged receipt of an 11,315 signature
e-petition which opposes badger killing as a means to control
bovine TB in cattle . By any standards, the e-petition is substantial.
Over the last four years, it has been exceeded only by e-petitions
on pub licensing, assisted dying and no to war in Iraq.
But the Badger Trust today criticised the Prime Minister for playing
down the number of responses to the formal consultation on killing
badgers that have been received by Defra. The Prime Minister's
response to the e-petition says that the consultation "received
over 10,000 responses". This is true, but the consultation
actually received at least 35,000 responses, dwarfing the 7,000
responses received on the consultation over hunting with dogs.
Trevor Lawson, spokesman for the Badger Trust, said: "A vast
number of people made the effort to respond to Defra's consultation
, even though the information in the consultation ignored scientific
evidence and made false claims. The very least the Prime Minister
could do is acknowledge the full extent of public concern by more
accurately stating the number of responses."
Trust welcomes pre-movement testing, but more must be done
TB testing to pile on agony for farmers and markets
challenged to produce sound TB science
call for humane badger culling