Lancashire has joined other Wildlife Trusts around the country in opposing the controversial badger cull which began this week.
Head of conservation at the Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside, Tim Mitcham said: “We have heard reports that the cull is starting in Somerset and it is a real shame because it goes against strong scientific evidence which says vaccination is the way to deal with bovine tuberculosis.
“While the problem isn’t prevalent in Lancashire, there are cases on our doorstep in Cheshire. We really hope Lancashire, Manchester and Merseyside can remain bTb free. However we are supporting the Trusts in Gloucestershire and Somerset in opposing the test culls in their areas.”
Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said: “It is a sad day for the natural world. We deeply regret that badger culls are proceeding despite the strength of scientific and public opinion.”
About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire. Supporters say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB,