Petition to: agree that it will not allow any future badger cull to take place on any of its land and will do everything within its powers to prevent the culling of badgers within the Surrey area.
This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.
We the undersigned petition Surrey County Council to agree that it will not allow any future badger cull to take place on any of its land and will do everything within its powers to prevent the culling of badgers within the Surrey area. More details
Petition update 2 from the council, 13 February 2014
The Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment considered this petition at his decision making meeting on Wednesday 12 February 2014.
The Cabinet Member agreed the response below to the issues raised in the petition. It was noted that badger culling was not taking place in Surrey, that the government culling trial in the South West had been halted pending review and that future proposals were thought unlikely to include Surrey.
The Cabinet Member agreed that he would arrange for a discussion by the full Council should a proposal for badger culling in Surrey be received in the future.
"Bovine TB is a serious problem for farmers with over 28,000 cattle slaughtered in England last year.
Government policy has been to trial the use of culling and vaccination in the worst affected areas to try and prevent further spread and eradicate the disease.
Culling is one part of a wider approach to tackle the disease which already includes tougher movement controls for cattle, better biosecurity on farms and work to develop effective and useable cattle and badger vaccines. The target is to eradicate the disease in England within 25 years.
The Government are currently reviewing the impact of the current Badger Culling Trial in the South West, using an Independent Panel of Experts. The Panel will review the safety, effectiveness and humaneness of controlled shooting.
The findings of the Panel are expected to report to the Minister in the spring 2014. DEFRA are also due to publish responses to the consultation on a draft "Strategy for
Achieving Officially bovine TB Status for England" together with the complementary report of the Citizen Dialogue which included stakeholder workshops, public workshops and public online engagement.
These reports will inform any future Government decision on any wider roll out of badger control in those parts of England most severely affected by the disease.
This is extremely unlikely to include Surrey as incidence is thankfully very low in Surrey compared to elsewhere. Surrey has one of the lowest incidence of this disease nationally and there are no current proposals to carry out any cull of badgers in the county.
In the circumstances the views expressed in the petition are noted and will be taken into account should there be any need for the council to respond to any future culling proposals. However if the Council does need to consider such a response it is important that it considers all the evidence and the views of all interested parties, including residents and businesses affected by any such decision. It would be wrong make such a decision when the evidence is not yet available, and when in any event there are no proposals to extend culling to Surrey in the foreseeable future."
Petition update 1 from the council, 30 January 2014
This petition will be considered by the Cabinet Member for Transport, Highways and Environment at his next decision making meeting on Wednesday 12 February 2014. The meeting will be held at 12pm at County Hall, Penrhyn Road, Kingston and is open for the public to attend.
Further details on the Cabinet Member meetings (including any meeting papers once they have been published one week prior to the meeting) are available at www.surreycc.gov.uk/committeepapers
More details from petition creator
The current culling of badgers in Somerset is not only a hit or
miss affair, it's leading to farmers taking action in inhumane
ways. The scientists have admitted that badger culling will not
solve the problem, as badgers are territorial and will move in
to other setts, if they are made vacant by the cull. This will
effectively serve to spread bovine Tb, not prevent it. Many
fit, healthy badgers are being randomly killed, whilst other
ill animals are left in situ. There is no logic to this cull...
We, the under-signed, want SCC to know that we want no part in