On Thursday 13 March, MPs took part in a debate on a motion relating to the badger cull. This debate was scheduled by the Backbench Business Committee following representations led by Mrs Anne Main.
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The debate was led by Anne Main.
Text of the Motion for debate
"That this House believes that the pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset have decisively failed against the criteria set out by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in guidance to Natural England for licensing of the culls, which stipulated that 70 per cent of the badger population should be culled within a six-week period; notes that the costs of policing, additional implementation and monitoring, and the resort to more expensive cage-and-trap methods over an extended period have substantially increased the cost of the culls, and strengthened the financial case for vaccination; regrets that the decision to extend the original culls has not been subject to any debate or vote in Parliament; further regrets that the Independent Expert Panel will only assess the humaneness, safety and effectiveness of the original six-week period and not the extended cull period; and urges the Government to halt the existing culls and granting of any further licences, pending development of alternative strategies to eradicate bovine TB and promote a healthy badger population."
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How the subject was selected
The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee following representations from Anne Main, Caroline Lucas, Adrian Sanders, Angela Smith, and Barry Sheerman at the public meeting on Tuesday 4 February 2014.
Backbench Business Committee
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