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AFTER a debate in the House of Commons last week lasting more than five hours, MPs voted in support of a motion calling on the Government to stop its planned culls of badgers in England and to implement a programme of vaccination against bovine TB in both cattle and badgers.
The debate took place on October 25, two days after the Government had announced that two planned pilot culls would be postponed until next year (VR, October 27, 2012, vol 171, p 413). It had been scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee after an online ‘e-petition’ on the subject of the proposed cull gathered more than the 100,000 signatures required to allow a debate in the Commons. MPs Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilion), Alison McGovern (Labour, Wirral South), Henry Smith (Conservative, Crawley) and Mike Weatherley (Conservative, Hove) applied to the committee to request the debate.
The motion proposed ‘That this House notes the e-petition on the planned badger cull, which has gathered more than 150,000 signatures; and calls on 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 …
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