Shortly the Government will be making a statement with regard to their intentions whether or not to cull our most ancient Briton, the badger.

The badger, here for 250,000 years, and the most iconic of British wildlife, is already persecuted with unimaginable cruelty, despite enjoying the legal protection of the law.

The Government plans to allow farmers, issued with licences, to shoot free ranging badgers at night. If the cull goes ahead it will cause immense suffering and is inhumane.

The £400,000 spent in planning this cull would have been better spent developing a vaccine programme for badgers/cattle, along with stricter control of cattle movement.

If you care about the badger, please go online and sign the 38 degree petition opposing a cull, or visit the Badger Trust home page.

Patricia Walker
Elm Road