With the recent media and social networking buzz around the badger cull a lot has been said from both sides. I am strongly opposed to the cull because it lacks the credible science. I can however sympathise with the farmers in hot spot areas wanting a cull in the belief it will stop the devastating loss they face when bTB is found in one of their herds. However what drives those MPs who are for the cull to have their stance? Are they worried about the livelihoods of farmers in their constituency? When checking on which MPs voted for a cull I was disappointed to see my MP Mr Graham Stuart vote for the cull. In knowing that he would also vote for a repeal in the hunting act I decided to investigate how the other MPs for the cull would vote on a repeal of the hunting act.
|MP||Party||Hunting Act Repeal|
|Baldry, Sir Tony||Conservative||For|
|Bruce, Fiona||Conservative||No Reply|
|Garnier, Sir Edward||Conservative||For|
|George, Andrew||Liberal Democrat||Against|
|Herbert, rh Nick||Conservative||For|
|Hollobone, Mr Philip||Conservative||For|
|Howarth, Sir Gerald||Conservative||For|
|McIntosh, Miss Anne||Conservative||For|
|Paice, rh Sir James||Conservative||For|
|Paisley, Ian||Democratic Unionist||Unknown|
|Robertson, Mr Laurence||Liberal Democrat||For|
|Rogerson, Dan||Liberal Democrat||Against|
|Spencer, Mr Mark||Conservative||No Reply|
|Williams, Roger||Liberal Democrat||For|
|Wollaston, Dr Sarah||Conservative||Against|
Twenty three out of the thirty MPs who are for a badger cull are also for a repeal in the hunting ban. That’s 76%! It’s also interesting to know that Owen Paterson Secretary of State for Defra who is really determined for a cull to happen (and reportedly seems to get quite angry about it in interviews) is for a repeal in the hunting law. Additionally Richard Benyon under-secretary for State at defra, a man who was quite keen to let people go out and kill buzzards is also for a repeal of the hunting ban.
76% of MPs who voted for a cull in the badger debate and Defra ministers who want the cull (or to cull other animals) also want to repeal the hunting act. Is their science denying opinion on the badger cull on that is built because it’s what’s best for the farmers, country, economy or whatever reason they gave or is their opinion one that they believe the countryside is just a playground for those with guns and hounds to go around killing things?
Data for MPs vote on badger cull can be found at: http://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/campaigns/wildlife/badgers/takeaction
Data for MPs stance on a repeal of the hunting act can be found at: http://save-me.org.uk/FOX_MP_vote.html