The government has refused to publish risk assessments of danger to the public during England's imminent night-time badger shoots because doing so "could have an adverse effect upon the health and safety of the public", Damian Carrington reveals in the Observer.
The police have previously warned of the "clear potential for harm to public safety" but the location and timing of the culls remain a closely guarded secret, which campaigners say puts those vaccinating badgers or patrolling for wounded animals at grave risk.
Environment secretary Owen Paterson, who has argued against the shooting of foxes as an alternative to hunting with dogs, said: "It is highly unlikely that any government would wish to see a proliferation of rifles in the countryside."
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BADGER TRUST LAWYERS CHALLENGE NATURAL ENGLAND (16th April 2013)
The Badger Trust has challenged Natural England to justify its assertions that its massively reduced estimates of badger populations in the proposed culling areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset would not impair the effectiveness of the Coalition’s culling policy.
A fresh population estimate is now essential because the continuing uncertainty completely undermines the likelihood of proving that 70% of the badger population in an area had been killed as stipulated by the Coalition.
Wednesday 9th January 2013
Badger cull may start in other areas, farming minister says
Farming Minister David Heath has hinted the badger cull could resume in other areas after a delay was announced by the government last October. Plans for a badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire were due to go ahead until it was stopped amid ...
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