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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.

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