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Councillor New seeks assurances on badger safety

Written by on September 28, 2020

Article Published on Monday September 28, 2020 10:11 AM by

Councillor New seeks assurances on badger safety

At a Full meeting of Rugby Borough Council on Thursday 24 September 2020, Liberal Democrats Councillor for Paddox Ward Noreen New asked for assurances on badger safety following the news that the badger cull with be extended to include Warwickshire. 

Through a Written Question, Councillor New asked whether the Leader of the Council would give assurances that any badgers who manage to escape the cull, or are already living within our nature reserves, will find sanctuary on Rugby Borough Council land and our local reserves so they are protected from hunters intending to harm or distress them. 

The Leader of the Council responded saying that currently a licensee cannot enter Rugby Borough Council land for the purposes of the annual cull, but it is important that we are clear on where Rugby Borough Council stands on this matter.  

As a result of Councillor New raising this matter the Leader of the Council has asked officers to prepare a report on the options available to Rugby Borough Council in relation to the badger cull. The report will be brought to Cabinet, so that the issue can be looked at in detail. 

Commenting, Councillor Noreen New (Paddox), said:  

“We must ensure that we protect animals and wildlife. When preparing their report, it’s vital that Rugby Borough Council consult with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust so that officers are aware of the vaccination programme and we all recognise that the Council has previously committed to protecting badgers on Rugby Borough Council land and within our nature reserves.” 

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