Brighton and Hove City Council pledge to oppose badger cull

The Argus: Brighton and Hove City Council pledge to oppose badger cull Brighton and Hove City Council pledge to oppose badger cull

Politicians have pledged to oppose the “slaughtering” of badgers in a widespread cull.

As it looks to halt the spread of Bovine TB, the government has backed the shooting of the animals in two areas of the south west.

Ministers said they aim to roll out the pilot across England in the next four years to control the disease of cattle that has been steadily rising since the 1980s.


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But, claiming shooting badgers will have little or no effect on controlling the disease, members on Brighton and Hove City Council have unanimously voted to oppose the move.

It added it will look to work with farmers on local authority-owned land to come up with alternative methods to culling.

Green councillor Liz Wakefield, who proposed the motion and wore a Save Our Badgers t-shirt in the council chamber, said: “The government said it had no way of assessing whether the cull methods used were humane.

“And it is not even carrying out post-mortems on badgers so we do not know the percentage of badgers that are infected.

“Is this a positive use of our scarce money? No.

“Would we rather it was used for something more positive than the slaughtering of our iconic badgers?

Yes.”

Conservative and Labour councillors backed the move which urged the government to follow the Welsh Assembly’s lead and vaccinate badgers.

It means Penny Thompson, the council’s chief executive, will write a letter to minsters outlining its opposition.

Conservative councillor Garry Pelzer Dunn said: “The badger has been put on trial and found guilty, notwithstanding that the evidence was totally at odds with each other.”

Labour councillor Gill Mitchell said: “There is a growing public consensus that culling is wrong.

“Bovine TB is a terrible disease but culling is not the way to prevent it.”

Green councillor Ben Duncan said: “This is all about preserving farmer’s access to international trade markets for dairy products.

“This is why successive governments have taken the attitude that animals in this country are completely indispensible when it comes to trade interests.”

Labour councillor Bob Carden, who is a keen badger spotter, said: “I’m firmly convinced that what the government is doing now is going to lead to the spread of Bovine TB.

“If you look around now you will find the body of a badger lying around. But recently they are just not there as the numbers are falling.

“It’s good that we try and stop this cull now and let the badgers get on with their lives.”

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3:19pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

Cull the Greens instead, !!!!
Cull the Greens instead, !!!! ARMANA

4:22pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Grumpy Old Cyclist says...

ARMANA wrote:
Cull the Greens instead, !!!!
Careful Armana, being a genus of moth of the Noctuidae family, HJarrs and his Green slime party might try to cull you!
[quote][p][bold]ARMANA[/bold] wrote: Cull the Greens instead, !!!![/p][/quote]Careful Armana, being a genus of moth of the Noctuidae family, HJarrs and his Green slime party might try to cull you! Grumpy Old Cyclist

5:36pm Mon 30 Dec 13

rogerout says...

The Argus article reflects a sensible and considered input by Brighton and Hove council on this Subject. It is worth research By B&H of the package of Measures being employed by Wales and its Chief Veterinary Officer towards the long term eradication of BTB in Cattle and Wildlife.
The Argus article reflects a sensible and considered input by Brighton and Hove council on this Subject. It is worth research By B&H of the package of Measures being employed by Wales and its Chief Veterinary Officer towards the long term eradication of BTB in Cattle and Wildlife. rogerout

7:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Perhaps the council would also like to protect their sets during breeding season instead of allowing our parks and open spaces be overtaken with vans, caravans, flatbed lorries, scrambling bikes and screaming kids.
It's a little bit naughty to claim to want to protect wildlife when the reality is the council doesn't do it on its own doorstep.
Perhaps the council would also like to protect their sets during breeding season instead of allowing our parks and open spaces be overtaken with vans, caravans, flatbed lorries, scrambling bikes and screaming kids. It's a little bit naughty to claim to want to protect wildlife when the reality is the council doesn't do it on its own doorstep. Maxwell's Ghost

8:24pm Mon 30 Dec 13

sussexram40 says...

Save the badgers. Cull the incompetent, corrupt politicians
Save the badgers. Cull the incompetent, corrupt politicians sussexram40

8:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Martha Gunn says...

It is a wonder that any pronouncements of this Green Council are given credibilty.

Please can we have our city back.

It is a terrible cliche but the Greens are simply not fit for purpose.

Roll on 2015
It is a wonder that any pronouncements of this Green Council are given credibilty. Please can we have our city back. It is a terrible cliche but the Greens are simply not fit for purpose. Roll on 2015 Martha Gunn

9:42pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

Grumpy Old Cyclist wrote:
ARMANA wrote:
Cull the Greens instead, !!!!
Careful Armana, being a genus of moth of the Noctuidae family, HJarrs and his Green slime party might try to cull you!
Id love em to try, bud, I can look after myself, Im not the average moth, ;)
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Cyclist[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ARMANA[/bold] wrote: Cull the Greens instead, !!!![/p][/quote]Careful Armana, being a genus of moth of the Noctuidae family, HJarrs and his Green slime party might try to cull you![/p][/quote]Id love em to try, bud, I can look after myself, Im not the average moth, ;) ARMANA

10:58pm Mon 30 Dec 13

ARMANA says...

Martha Gunn wrote:
It is a wonder that any pronouncements of this Green Council are given credibilty.

Please can we have our city back.

It is a terrible cliche but the Greens are simply not fit for purpose.

Roll on 2015
Don't forget to register to vote, folks,
[quote][p][bold]Martha Gunn[/bold] wrote: It is a wonder that any pronouncements of this Green Council are given credibilty. Please can we have our city back. It is a terrible cliche but the Greens are simply not fit for purpose. Roll on 2015[/p][/quote]Don't forget to register to vote, folks, ARMANA

11:35pm Mon 30 Dec 13

bumble88 says...

Brighton councillor's might be against the Badger cull, but what about our MP's?
Caroline Lucas voted against the cull,
Simon Kirby voted for the cull,
Mike Weatherly did not vote why?
Brighton councillor's might be against the Badger cull, but what about our MP's? Caroline Lucas voted against the cull, Simon Kirby voted for the cull, Mike Weatherly did not vote why? bumble88

12:16am Tue 31 Dec 13

FatherTed11 says...

how about a seagull cull?
how about a seagull cull? FatherTed11

6:49am Tue 31 Dec 13

rogerout says...

Bumble 88- because there are enormous Politics at play by Owen Paterson Mp , NFU, Countryside Alliance and all connected with this Badger Cull. It has chosen not to give the Public the truth at any stage . It has disregarded deliberately the available science. One example of this available to all is to peruse the list of Freedom of Information questions posed by the Public to DEFRA on this subject. To find that in most cases , answers to the Specific question asked has been deliberately avoided. I am opposed to badger culling, when alternative science based vaccination is effective and available. But I am now becoming equally as concerned by the Politics being enacted by those involved. It is an affront to Democracy.
Bumble 88- because there are enormous Politics at play by Owen Paterson Mp , NFU, Countryside Alliance and all connected with this Badger Cull. It has chosen not to give the Public the truth at any stage . It has disregarded deliberately the available science. One example of this available to all is to peruse the list of Freedom of Information questions posed by the Public to DEFRA on this subject. To find that in most cases , answers to the Specific question asked has been deliberately avoided. I am opposed to badger culling, when alternative science based vaccination is effective and available. But I am now becoming equally as concerned by the Politics being enacted by those involved. It is an affront to Democracy. rogerout

7:40am Tue 31 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

Well done councillors. The badger cull, like pretty much all the government's policies, has been ill thought through and implementation shockingly poor.
Well done councillors. The badger cull, like pretty much all the government's policies, has been ill thought through and implementation shockingly poor. HJarrs

8:45am Tue 31 Dec 13

Juleyanne says...

Absolutely Brighton & Hove must set an example that this wicked badger genocide cannot be allowed and vaccination is the way forward. Long live our beautiful iconic british badger. Let no man remove the badgers right to live!
Shame of those members of parliament who fail to stand against this unnecessary barbarism and lack the insight into alternatives!
Absolutely Brighton & Hove must set an example that this wicked badger genocide cannot be allowed and vaccination is the way forward. Long live our beautiful iconic british badger. Let no man remove the badgers right to live! Shame of those members of parliament who fail to stand against this unnecessary barbarism and lack the insight into alternatives! Juleyanne

9:34am Tue 31 Dec 13

Kawasaki998 says...

well done "GREENS" 2nd most sensible thing you have said since you had been elected your improving. Now give us our City back
well done "GREENS" 2nd most sensible thing you have said since you had been elected your improving. Now give us our City back Kawasaki998

3:58pm Tue 31 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Well done B & H council - thanks for doing the right thing :)

Brian May (from Queen) has given you a tweet of thanks on Twitter :)
Well done B & H council - thanks for doing the right thing :) Brian May (from Queen) has given you a tweet of thanks on Twitter :) getThisCoalitionOut

8:56pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Falmer Wizard says...

So what have the council got against cattle? I wont miss not seeing badgers but prefer that TB is stamped out.
So what have the council got against cattle? I wont miss not seeing badgers but prefer that TB is stamped out. Falmer Wizard

11:55am Wed 1 Jan 14

Juleyanne says...

Just wish falmer wizards narrow views could also be stamped out! The vast majority of us love our iconic beautiful british badger and it is high time the farming industry took a long hard look in the mirror at decades of bad farming practice which brought about and spread this and other diseases affecting man and beast! Mass transportation of livestock, stripping out habitats of wildlife and causing animals previously habituating an area to disperse!
I am sick of farmers and politicians who constantly put the blame on wildlife who ultimately pay with their lives for the errors of much of the farming community.
Just wish falmer wizards narrow views could also be stamped out! The vast majority of us love our iconic beautiful british badger and it is high time the farming industry took a long hard look in the mirror at decades of bad farming practice which brought about and spread this and other diseases affecting man and beast! Mass transportation of livestock, stripping out habitats of wildlife and causing animals previously habituating an area to disperse! I am sick of farmers and politicians who constantly put the blame on wildlife who ultimately pay with their lives for the errors of much of the farming community. Juleyanne

5:35pm Wed 1 Jan 14

gheese77 says...

Falmer Wizard wrote:
So what have the council got against cattle? I wont miss not seeing badgers but prefer that TB is stamped out.
Problem is if you cull the badgers in one area then others move into the empty habitat from other areas so TB gets spread even more. Of course you could attempt to exterminate badgers completely but I don't think even the farmers union want that, not publicly anyway
[quote][p][bold]Falmer Wizard[/bold] wrote: So what have the council got against cattle? I wont miss not seeing badgers but prefer that TB is stamped out.[/p][/quote]Problem is if you cull the badgers in one area then others move into the empty habitat from other areas so TB gets spread even more. Of course you could attempt to exterminate badgers completely but I don't think even the farmers union want that, not publicly anyway gheese77

6:36pm Wed 1 Jan 14

ARMANA says...

You shouldnt worry about a council culling a few Badgers, If I was in power, Id show you the real meaning of culling. hear in Brighton, ;)
You shouldnt worry about a council culling a few Badgers, If I was in power, Id show you the real meaning of culling. hear in Brighton, ;) ARMANA

10:46am Thu 2 Jan 14

pperrin says...

WTF has this got to do with the city council?? Are we aren't even in the south west!

They moan about budget cuts but have time to worry about non-council business?

Surcharge the lot of them for evey penny spent on this nonsense - its not their job.
WTF has this got to do with the city council?? Are we aren't even in the south west! They moan about budget cuts but have time to worry about non-council business? Surcharge the lot of them for evey penny spent on this nonsense - its not their job. pperrin

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