County landowners invited to apply for badger cull licence

THE COUNTY’s landowners have been invited to submit applications for badger cull licences, according to the RSPCA.

The animal charity is now urging anyone opposed to the cull to make their feelings known at Number 10 Downing Street.

It says nine counties across the UK have been identified as in the ‘high risk zone’ of being subject to a cull.

Landowners in East Sussex have been invited to apply for a licence alongside other counties such as Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire.

RSPCA head of public affairs and campaigns David Bowles said: “There is no justification to continue with these misguided plans, let alone extend them. We care about both cattle and badgers but science has shown the cull is not the answer to bovine TB in cattle, and the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year were a catalogue of errors from start to finish.

“In total 1,861 badgers have already been needlessly killed since August.

“We would urge anyone who does not want more such deaths to contact their MP, vote against the expansion of the cull and urge their councillors to stop local authority land from being used in any cull.”

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