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Backbench Business — Badger Cull

Part of Royal Assent – in the House of Commons at 2:10 pm on 13th March 2014.

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Photo of Andy Sawford Andy Sawford Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) 2:10 pm, 13th March 2014

I met farmers in my constituency to discuss the cull, and they did not believe that it would be effective. I draw my hon. Friend’s attention to the remarks about suffering made by Professor David Macdonald, who chairs Natural England’s science advisory committee:

“I fear there will be two tragic losers, the farmers who are paying the crippling bill for extending this trial and the badgers whose lives may be lost for little purpose.”

Is that not the case?