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Labour has announced it will table an Opposition Day debate on the Government's plans for a badger cull next Wednesday (5 June 2013).

Mary Creagh MP, Labour's Shadow Environment Secretary, said:

“The Tory-led Government are pressing ahead with the free shooting of badgers despite leading scientists warning against this “untested and risky approach”. A cull would be bad for badgers, bad for farmers and bad for taxpayers. The taxpayer will pay policing costs of £4 million for just two areas, while the cull will spread bovine TB in the next two years as the shooting displaces badgers.

“Labour is calling a vote on the cull next Wednesday and we will be working with MPs from all parties to stop this crazy scheme. We need a science-led policy to manage cattle movements better and prioritise badger and cattle vaccination to tackle bovine TB instead of a cull.”

The wording for the motion reads 'This House believes the badger cull should not go ahead.'

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