On 18th February the government announced it is consulting on 29 new ‘expressions of interest’ for badger culling licenses in Cheshire, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Worcestershire.
These applications from groups of farmers could see tens of thousands of badgers shot in the coming years.
An open consultation has been set up entitled ‘Opportunity to comment on future badger control licence applications and/or expressions of interest‘. This means that we all have a chance to state our concerns. The consultation doesn’t cover our objections to the cull itself, but we can state our concerns regarding how it will affect our families, business or tourism and so on. Devon and Cornwall Against The Badger Cull has some excellent tips on responding to the consultation and there is also this simple piece of guidance designed to help you. You can also read our response to get some ideas of what you might like to include. People who have responded so far have stated how quick and easy it was, so if you or your family or friends live in any of the nine counties listed, it would be wonderful if as many people could respond as possible. The deadline is 16 March.