Town hall bosses to debate ban on badger cull in Bolton

The Bolton News: It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton It is not known how many badgers are in Bolton

TOWN Hall bosses will debate banning a badger cull in Bolton — despite there being no plans for one in the borough.

The issue will be debated at tonight’s full council meeting after Cllr Richard Silvester put forward a motion urging the local authority to use its power to stop any planned extermination of the animals if the government attempt to introduce one within Bolton’s boundaries.

It follows pilot culls of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year in a bid to stop the spread of tuberculosis among cattle, which critics say were ineffective and unnecessarily cruel.

It is unknown exactly how many badgers are in Bolton, made harder by the fact they are a shy animal, according to the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

There is currently no known bovine TB problem in Bolton and the surrounding countryside, making a cull very unlikely.

If passed, Bolton Council will call on the government to undertake more research to find cheaper and more effective vaccinations for badgers and cattle to eradicate bovine TB, and formally slam the culls as “embarrassing and costly catalogue of errors”.

Astley Bridge resident Clare Forster launched her own campaign and collected more than 100 signatures calling on the council to speak out against the practice.

The 44-year-old said: “I am absolutely thrilled, and if the motion is approved it will be a great success for Bolton’s badgers, “The culls are inhumane, they weren’t cost effective and they haven’t worked — why the government wants to carry on with them is beyond me.

“Other methods, such as vaccinations, need to be looked at, methods that work and are more humane.”

In recent years Cllr Silvester has introduced similarly ethical motions, which include banning Town Hall officials from enjoying foie gras in council properties or using eggs from battery hens.

You can follow all the action from tonight’s council meeting on The Bolton News' online live blog from 7pm.

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8:53am Wed 25 Jun 14

Gore Seer says...

Its Sounds Like A Animal Rights Scam.
Its Sounds Like A Animal Rights Scam. Gore Seer
  • Score: -12

9:50am Wed 25 Jun 14

LordLeverhulme says...

So there are no plans for a cull in Bolton.. and even if there was, it's DEFRAs decision on whether to allow it or not, not the Council.
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Another waste of money debate then.
Why not debate the state of the town instead ?
So there are no plans for a cull in Bolton.. and even if there was, it's DEFRAs decision on whether to allow it or not, not the Council. . Another waste of money debate then. Why not debate the state of the town instead ? LordLeverhulme
  • Score: -9

12:51pm Wed 25 Jun 14

boltonnut says...

The council are going to debate something that probably won't happen,what about debating some thing important.Then again the council are a bunch of master debaters.
The council are going to debate something that probably won't happen,what about debating some thing important.Then again the council are a bunch of master debaters. boltonnut
  • Score: -6

8:28pm Wed 25 Jun 14

dougie kay says...

Badgers in bolton !, I,have seen fallow deer.roe deer .even saw a sikka deer once.fox .hares rabbits three species of shrew moles house and feild mice hedgehogs. As for badgers not even seen a road kill
Badgers in bolton !, I,have seen fallow deer.roe deer .even saw a sikka deer once.fox .hares rabbits three species of shrew moles house and feild mice hedgehogs. As for badgers not even seen a road kill dougie kay
  • Score: -2

10:07pm Wed 25 Jun 14

ccjone says...

Hmm, debating hypothesis, all must be well in Bolton...
Hmm, debating hypothesis, all must be well in Bolton... ccjone
  • Score: -3

12:11am Thu 26 Jun 14

hal pel says...

There's a badger living under one of the benches in The Man and Scythe.
There's a badger living under one of the benches in The Man and Scythe. hal pel
  • Score: -1

12:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

berushka says...

so the 'critics'say it is unnecessary!! What do the experts, ie those who live and work in the countryside, or veterinary surgeons, or farmers, have to say? I doubt that 90% of councillors have ever seen a brock, and no less about animal bovine, culling or the need for control. No-one enjoys killing, not even hunters or Professionals, like Gamekeepers, nor the families that live in the wilderness who must kill the beautiful brown bear to protect life and life-stock, but sometimes it is necessary. Only those who know nothing of nature and its' perils come up with these silly and emotive anti-this that and the other petitions.
so the 'critics'say it is unnecessary!! What do the experts, ie those who live and work in the countryside, or veterinary surgeons, or farmers, have to say? I doubt that 90% of councillors have ever seen a brock, and no less about animal bovine, culling or the need for control. No-one enjoys killing, not even hunters or Professionals, like Gamekeepers, nor the families that live in the wilderness who must kill the beautiful brown bear to protect life and life-stock, but sometimes it is necessary. Only those who know nothing of nature and its' perils come up with these silly and emotive anti-this that and the other petitions. berushka
  • Score: -5

9:04pm Thu 26 Jun 14

steveG says...

Typical Bolton Council, Identify something we Boltonians enjoy above all else,then...BAN IT !!!!
Typical Bolton Council, Identify something we Boltonians enjoy above all else,then...BAN IT !!!! steveG
  • Score: -1

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