In a week’s time there will be a Westminster Hall debate on badger culling – it’s not the first debate and it probably won’t be the last. I would hope that MPs participating in the debate might read this essay by Anna Dale which I found very clear, very thorough and really quite shocking.
It appears that Natural England has been negligent in monitoring biosecurity levels on farms – good biosecurity is a condition of issuing licenses for badger killing.
Also Natural England appears to me, to have been unduly secretive about what it is doing – quite possibly because it is failing the public in ensuring the license requirements are being met.
In the last Westminster Hall debate on this issue Rachael Maskell, for the Opposition, said, ‘We need to see scientific evidence and a proper biosecurity strategy at the heart of addressing bovine TB‘ and it is far from obvious to me, after reading Anna Dale’s excellent essay, that there is a proper biosecurity strategy in place.
Defra and NE are letting down the public by not ensuring that there are strict and strong biosecurity measures in place.
If you live in a bovine TB area, and/or if your MP might be expected to take part in this debate, you might want to point them in the direction of Anna Dale’s essay.
PS Is NE fit for purpose?
PPS NE seems to have dropped mention of this blog from its media summary but I am gratified to hear that it circulates widely on email through the organisation every time this failing organisation gets a mention.
PPPS insisting on proper biosecurity measures, which NE haven’t done, will be regarded by many farmers as an example of ‘bureaucracy’ and ‘red tape’.