GOVERNMENTS in both England and Wales are being called upon to examine whether hunting is linked to the spread of TB in cattle by a leading animal group. Viva!, who have been campaigning against the potential 'culling' of badgers in efforts to curb the disease, are demanding Defra examine the possibility fully, before badger 'culling' commences in two approved trial areas in England later this year.
FEARS have been raised that fox hunting could be 'brought in the back door' by being awarded cultural heritage status within the EU. Animal group Viva! raised the alarm at recent comments made by Lincolnshire MEP Roger Helmer, suggesting that a recent UNESCO decision to give Falconry cultural heritage status, so protecting its future, should also be applied to fox hunting.