The Government's badger 'culls' have been a disaster. Yet they still may press on with more across England later this year. We can't let that happen.
On March 13, MPs will debate the results of the recent IEP report that found that the pilot 'culls' in Gloucestershire and Somerset failed by even the Government's own criteria. This is our chance to derail plans for future 'culling'. Please let MPs know how you feel about the issue and to ensure that they attend the debate and stand up for badgers.
Even if your MP supports the 'cull' please write. It is important that they know that you care, and also that you vote.
Below is a template email, but do try to add your own comments for maximum impact. Please keep all messages polite.
Find your MP’s contact details (England): http://findyourmp.parliament.uk/
“Dear [your MP]
As one of your constituents I am writing to you to urge you to attend the backbench debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 13 March and show your support for the following motion:
"That this House believes that the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have decisively failed against the criteria set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in guidance to Natural England for licensing of the culls, which stipulated that 70 per cent of the badger population should be culled within a six-week period; notes that the costs of policing, additional implementation and monitoring, and the resort to more expensive cage-and-trap methods over an extended period have substantially increased the cost of the culls, and strengthened the financial case for vaccination; regrets that the decision to extend the original culls has not been subject to any debate or vote in Parliament; further regrets that the Independent Expert Panel will only assess the humaneness, safety and effectiveness of the original six-week period and not the extended cull period; and urges the Government to halt the existing culls and granting of any further licences, pending development of alternative strategies to eradicate bovine TB and promote a healthy badger population".
As you probably know, the Independent Expert Panel (IEP) report into the results of the pilot badger culls, in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire, concluded that they were ‘ineffective and failed the humane test’.
Also, the Bow Group has recently reported that 'culling' badgers is ineffective, costly and unscientific and recommends vaccination as the only current option -http://bit.ly/1icnzS8
Please support the Badger and Cattle Vaccine Initiative (BACVI), which was launched last month.
To retain any integrity with the voting public, the Government must now take into account the results of its own report – as well that of the Bow Group and the views of the public.
As my constituency MP, I ask you to vote in favour of the motion condemning the cull and promote vaccination as the only viable solution to bTB before so much needless suffering is caused.
To find out more about vaccination visit: www.bacvi.co.uk
For more information on the IEP report see: http://bit.ly/1draboW
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