Badger culling banned on council land

Derbyshire Dales District Council voted at a meeting last night (8 October) to ban the culling of badgers on land the authority owns.

The debate can be viewed again on our YouTube channel here:



The ban does not extend to land the council doesn't own - farmland for example.

Supporting a motion brought by Hathersage & Eyam councillor Claire Raw by 16 votes to nine, with eight abstentions, the meeting also resolved to support the protection of Derbyshire wildlife and seek support from Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to install clear signage designating protected areas on the council's land and information on the council’s website about where to report any unlawful killing of badgers.

Cllr Raw told the meeting:
"You will have seen from the vast amount of correspondence received through public participation that residents of Derbyshire are very supportive of the option I'm putting before you tonight. I'm very pleased you have a free vote on this.

"For me this is about culling not happening in my name and not happening on Derbyshire Dales District Council's land.

"The evidence in terms of of Bovine TB being spread through badgers is limited. There have been several studies that shown the most effective way of protecting badgers is through the sort of vaccination programme we have in Derbyshire."
View the full report [PDF]
View correspondence from members of the public [PDF]
Derbyshire Dales District Council voted at a meeting last night (8 October) to ban the culling of badgers on land the authority owns.

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