Cameron and Clegg back badger slaughter

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THE leaders of the two main Opposition parties have both stated that they would implement a badger cull to control the spread of bovine TB (bTB).

Conservative leader David Cameron said he would sanction a cull, if the Tories win the General Election.

Speaking during a visit to the Royal Bath and West show he said every farmer he had spoken to had asked what he planned to do about the disease.

Mr Cameron had previously refrained from supporting to a badger cull when questioned on the subject but his comments at the show reflect a hardening of Tory policy on tackling bTB.

His comments followed a statement by his Shadow Defra Secretary Nick Herbert [a founder member of the Countryside Alliance] last week, in which Mr Herbert stressed the Party’s commitment to a ‘targeted badger cull’.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has also stated his Party’s support for a ‘pilot badger cull’ during a visit to the South West.

Speaking to farmers at an event organised by the Western Morning News , Mr Clegg said, “I think now the time has come that, irrespective of what scientists say, irrespective of what ministers say, in this part of the country, let’s at least just try out a pilot cull,” he said.