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People opposed to the Government’s badger cull marched through Oxfordshire on their way to London.

The 12 protesters set off from Gloucester on Thursday and will walk a total of 112 miles to Westminster over the “barbaric” policy.

On Sunday they marched down Cornmarket Street and George Street in Oxford, and were last night due to arrive in Wallingford.

The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs piloted culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset, saying it was needed to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis, caused by badgers.

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7:23am Tue 27 May 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

I always find it fascinating how the notorious Oxford(shire) faction of the CPRE is always ready with a quote from a paid director the moment there is the risk of a solar panel or house being built on or around the "greenbelt" (or degraded city centre brownfield site).

But....

Remains absolutely silent when it comes to the subject of badger culling.
I always find it fascinating how the notorious Oxford(shire) faction of the CPRE is always ready with a quote from a paid director the moment there is the risk of a solar panel or house being built on or around the "greenbelt" (or degraded city centre brownfield site). But.... Remains absolutely silent when it comes to the subject of badger culling. Andrew:Oxford
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12:46pm Tue 27 May 14

King Joke says...

Maybe we should tell them culling obviates the need to vaccinate against bTB... which saves farmers money... so they get screwed down even more on price by supermarkets... who make even more money... so they can invest in more shops... built on green belt land!!
Maybe we should tell them culling obviates the need to vaccinate against bTB... which saves farmers money... so they get screwed down even more on price by supermarkets... who make even more money... so they can invest in more shops... built on green belt land!! King Joke
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3:26pm Tue 27 May 14

rogerout says...

The Badger Cull last year cost the UK taxpayer some £7 million pounds, aprox. £4200 pounds per Badger. And was described in a report by Independent Experts as " ineffective and inhumane". The Govt. Minister responsible continues to bypass Science and intends to kill more badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire as of June 01 this year. I would suggest that on that basis Vaccination is cheaper and a more humane option for both Cattle and Badgers.
The welsh Government is running a science based , humane programme including Badger Vaccination and has already achieved significant results towards the long term eradication of BOVINE TB.And the cost after two years under £2 million pounds.
The Badger Cull last year cost the UK taxpayer some £7 million pounds, aprox. £4200 pounds per Badger. And was described in a report by Independent Experts as " ineffective and inhumane". The Govt. Minister responsible continues to bypass Science and intends to kill more badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire as of June 01 this year. I would suggest that on that basis Vaccination is cheaper and a more humane option for both Cattle and Badgers. The welsh Government is running a science based , humane programme including Badger Vaccination and has already achieved significant results towards the long term eradication of BOVINE TB.And the cost after two years under £2 million pounds. rogerout
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3:31pm Tue 27 May 14

King Joke says...

Spot on Roger. There is no science behind the current badger cull. DEFRA admits as much but has offered the cull to farmers as a political sop.

What a bunch of useless cowards. In any sane world DEFRA would insist on a full vaccination programme, fulfilled by farmers, paid for by the consumer, collected by the supermarkets at point of sale through the price of milk.

As you point out, it would be cheaper in the long run anyway!
Spot on Roger. There is no science behind the current badger cull. DEFRA admits as much but has offered the cull to farmers as a political sop. What a bunch of useless cowards. In any sane world DEFRA would insist on a full vaccination programme, fulfilled by farmers, paid for by the consumer, collected by the supermarkets at point of sale through the price of milk. As you point out, it would be cheaper in the long run anyway! King Joke
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