Government urged to save badgers from cull by Warwickshire Wildlife Trust

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Warwickshire Wildlife Trust is urging the Government to listen to the views of Parliament after MPs backed a call to abandon a planned cull of badgers.

MPs voted by 147 to 28 in favour of the motion, which called for the cull to be stopped in favour of a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity. The vote followed a five-and-a-half-hour Parliamentary debate, triggered after more than 163,000 people signed a petition opposing the cull.

In addition, ministers have announced that pilot culling schemes in Gloucestershire and Somerset would be delayed until 2013, following a request from the farmers carrying out the cull.

Stephen Trotter, Chief Executive of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust, said: “The proposed badger cull is looking increasingly impractical, expensive and difficult to justify. Here in Warwickshire, we’re taking positive, practical action and our badger vaccination programme has now started.”