The Badger Trust has written to David Cameron demanding that the planned badger culls in England and Wales are abandoned in light of the allegations of fraud concerning bovine TB reactors.
The badger charity has also written to Nick Clegg, Caroline Spelman and Jim Paice to raise concerns over the allegations.
The Trust claims that Defra’s ‘sudden, massive and expensive response to the scandal’ suggests ‘these crimes are widespread rather than local’.
The letter urges Mr Cameron to ‘advise Defra to abandon its ill-conceived plans to cull badgers’ in light of scientific evidence culling won’t work and ‘the appalling revelations of fraudulent practices by some farmers’.
It urges Mr Cameron to concentrate limited resources instead on fully implementing and enforcing cattle measures recommended by the Independent Scientific Group on bTB.
Last Thursday, Farming Minister Jim Paice revealed he had received ‘emerging evidence’ that some farmers have been switching ear tags of TB reactors. This was an apparent attempt to ensure that more productive animals are retained on farm and that others of lower worth are sent to slaughter.