Mary Creagh MP, Labour’s Shadow Environment Secretary, in response to the announcement of a badger cull, said:
“Labour wants to tackle bovine TB, which is why in government we spent £50 million on badger cull trials and a 10 year study on their effects. Free shooting of badgers has never been tested and could prove inhumane.
“The cull will cost farmers more than it saves them and could spread bovine TB in the short term as badgers move out of cull areas. This decision is driven by political expediency rather than sound science.”