CLA attacks decision to shelve Wales badger cull for bTB
The CLA in the West Midlands today (Tuesday, 21 June 2011) attacked the Welsh Government's decision to put on hold plans for a badger cull in west Wales.
The rural watchdog said the huge damage being done to farming and the rural economy by bovine TB should have persuaded Welsh Government Environment Minister John Griffiths to allow the cull to go ahead.
CLA Deputy President Harry Cotterell, who farms at Byford, near Hereford, said: "Scientific research has already been done into the link between badgers and bovine TB. By appointing a panel of experts to re-examine the issue, the Welsh Government has effectively kicked this key decision to the kerb.
"Around 10 percent of cattle farms in Wales are under movement restrictions because of bovine TB and a reported £12million was paid in compensation to farmers in Wales last year. So, not to push on with the planned badger cull alongside other measures to control bovine TB in cattle, is clearly a very bad decision."
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Harry Cotterell, President of the CLA, owns and manages a traditional rural estate in Herefordshire. The main enterprises on the estate are cider fruit, mushrooms, chickens and arable. There is also a commercial forestry operation and a small shoot.
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