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Petition to: prohibit the culling of badgers on council-owned land and invest in vaccination programmes locally. We ask this because we believe culling to be inhumane, inefficient and unscientific.

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Runnymede Borough Council to prohibit the culling of badgers on council-owned land and invest in vaccination programmes locally. We ask this because we believe culling to be inhumane, inefficient and unscientific. More details

Petition update from the council, 09 April 2014

The Officer's response to the petition had 11 confirmed signatories and is therefore dealt with as normal correspondence. The response is set out below:

As the roll out of badger culling across the country has been put on hold, Runnymede Borough Council sees no benefit currently in taking measures to prohibit culling on land it owns. Should the national situation change the Council could reconsider its position.

More details from petition creator

This is a national issue which will be of direct concern to the people of Runnymede when DEFRA "rolls out" its culling policy in 2014. The object of the petition is to ensure that Runnymede's badger population is as safe as possible from slaughter and that the already available injectable badger vaccine against bTB is used in as many cases as possible. We ask this because we believe the culling policy is inhumane (DEFRA's measurement of "humaneness" is to time the screams of wounded badgers), inefficient (previous culls showed an increase in bTB because of badger movement) and unscientific (the majority of scientific opinion hold that a cull will have "no meaningful result").

Current signatories

Mrs D Marsland-Round, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Ellie Round
  • Andrew Round
  • Katie round
  • Dr Michael Berwick
  • Susan Berwick
  • linda clifford
  • Rachel Lea
  • Alex buckley
  • Stephanie Leon
  • Karen
  • Alan Macro