Wessex FM News

Contact the News Team:
Tel: 01305 250333

Dorset MP Backs Badger Cull

oliver letwin

8:22am 3rd February 2014

The MP for West Dorset has told Wessex FM he thinks a badger cull in the county would be a "good idea."

It comes after Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said earlier this month (January 2014) a cull was looking 'increasingly likely'.

MP Oliver Letwin says it could be the only option, "Nobody likes the idea of a cull obviously, but the fact is that we have to do something to control Bovine TB, and we've tried an awful lot of other things, and so far I don't think there's a realistic alternative. It's causing both havoc for farmers and, of course, the huge cost to taxpayers."

Dorset was on standby to join the pilot culls that ran in Somerset and Gloucestershire this autumn with marksmen ready to enter fields around the county.

Both pilots were largely unsuccessful with marksmen failing to reach their kill targets - the Gloucestershire cull was abandoned early.

Dorset's wildlife trust has since started a TB vaccination programme of badgers in the county.

Sign up for the latest local news direct to your inbox

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit

dorset business directory

The Wessex Word

See the latest wrong guesses and win cash!

Win M&S Vouchers

Thanks to the new Ignis from Lanehouse Suzuki

The Bun Run

Request the cakes for your workplace!

Book The Wessex FM Disco

For your wedding, party or celebration!

Dorset Webcams

Take a look around our beautiful county

Meeting Room Hire

Come to Wessex FM for your meeting or conference