The National Beef Association (NBA) is urging anyone who supports the culling of badgers as a means of controlling bovine TB to make their feelings known to Defra while they can.
The consultation period outlining options for controlling TB in wildlife set out by Defra ends on December 8th.
Recent figures show that 1,600 people have responded so far. Organisations, such as the RSPCA and the Badger Trust, are opposed to the cull and are encouraging members to respond in large numbers and the NBA and NFU are keen to ensure that there is a corresponding strong response from those in favour of the policy.
NBA TB committee chairman, Bill Harper, said "Farmers and non-farmers should press the point that culling badgers in these heavily infected areas will stop the disease spreading at 10 miles a year to healthy badgers which will in turn prevent many more badgers dying from extremely nasty deaths." He went on to urge farmers to specify 'Option 6' as the preferred policy in the consultation. This would allow the licensed culling or vaccination of badgers in areas of at least 150sq.km (37,000 acres) where TB levels are high and persistent.