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Stop the badger cull

We, the undersigned, call on the government to stop the planned cull of badgers on the following grounds:

· Over 70% of the badger population in large areas of the country will be killed, many of them healthy.

· The method of free-shooting badgers could cause severe to many thousands of badgers.

· Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas.

We urge the government to stop the cull and implement the more sustainable and humane solution of both a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity.

Government response

This e-petition has now passed the threshold of 100 000 signatures.

The Leader of the House of Commons has written to the Backbench Business Committee, who are responsible for the scheduling of debates on e-petitions, informing them that the petition has reached 100 000 signatures.

The Backbench Business Committee meets weekly to hear representations from MPs for debates in backbench time. The Committee can consider any subject for debate, including those raised in e-petitions, but an MP must make the case for their consideration. More information about the Committee is available on its website www.parliament.uk/bbcom

A futher response from the Government on this e-petition will be published in due course.

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Signatories

304,255

Currently ranked 8 out of 96,623 petitions ever created.

Diversity index: 100%

Status

Closed

Created By

Dr Brian May CBE

Created On

Thursday 6 September 2012

Closing Date

Saturday 7 September 2013