Pembrokeshire against the Cull

PAC, PO Box 65, Cardigan SA43 9AD

PEMBROKESHIRE AGAINST the CULL

Welsh Assembly Candidates' views

These are the statements from those Assembly candidates who have responded to our request.

By Constituency

Regional Lists

Mid and West Wales

North Wales

South Wales Central

South Wales East

South Wales West

Constituencies

Aberavon

Aberconwy

Alyn and Deeside

Blaenau Gwent

Bridgend

Caerphilly

Cardiff North

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Ceredigion

Clwyd West

Clwyd South

Cynon Valley

Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Gower

Monmouth

Montgomeryshire

Neath

Newport East

Pontypridd

Preseli Pembrokeshire

Rhondda

Swansea East

Swansea West

Torfaen

Vale of Clwyd

Wrexham

Ynys Môn

Candidates' statements

Mid and West Wales

Joyce Watson, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 32 Blue Street, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire, SA31 3LE

Telephone: 01267 233 448

Email: joyce.watson@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"Thank you for your letter concerning the Welsh Assembly Government's Bovine TB Eradication Programme - specifically the decision taken by the Welsh Minister to cull badgers in a defined area of west Wales.
I have opposed these proposals from the outset and I have not altered my position since I voted against the cull in 2009.
As you will know, the Minister for Rural Affairs issued a written statement on 9th March introducing the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011, which will come into force on the 31st March and which will make legal the destruction of badgers within the west Wales Intensive Action Area (IAA). This is despite recent improvements in TB figures following the implementation of measures designed to reduce cattle-to-cattle transmission.
As you point out in your letter, the evidence in support - and against - the effectiveness of a cull is contentious and open to (mis)interpretation. It is my view that culling badgers at the same time as introducing a suite of cattle-side measures cannot help clarify 'what works'. And I have put this argument to the Minister on numerous occasions.
I have also expressed my serious concerns about the information disseminated by the Government in conjunction with the consultation, particularly the since retracted claim made in a leaflet that was sent to 26,000 homes that previous trials had shown culls could reduce TB in cattle by as much as 50% in six months.
Despite this misinformation, figures show that of the 13,413 consultation responses received by the Welsh Assembly Government, only 2,110 were in favour of a cull.
For these reasons I supported the actions of my colleagues Lorraine Barrett, Irene James, Peter Black and Jenny Randerson, who tabled a motion to annul the Badger Order 2011. Unfortunately, the motion was defeated in a Senedd vote on Wednesday 23rd March.
I remain opposed to the cull, however, and I will continue to express my opposition both inside and outside of the National Assembly for Wales."

Rebecca Evans, LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"My position is that I am opposed to the badger cull on the basis that I have not been convinced by the scientific arguments which have been put forward in favour of a cull. A badger vaccination approach seems like a sensible and humane way forward."

Matthew Dorrance, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address: c/o The Labour Party, 11 Priory Hill, Brecon, Powys, LD3 9DH

Telephone: 0750 759 7503

Email: Matthew.Dorrance@hotmail.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"From analysis of the evidence put forward by Plaid's Rural Affairs Minister, scientists, animal welfare bodies, landowners and farmers, it is evident that there is no justification for the slaughter of badgers in West Wales. Such a drastic step would require overwhelming burden of scientific proof. I do not believe that is the case.
From speaking to communities in West Wales, I know a cull would be deeply divisive, and could have serious repercussions for the tourism the area relies on."

Gwion Iqbal Malik, LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I do not believe in the destruction of Badgers for the control of TB when viable, humane alternatives exist. Whilst I understand the need to protect farms and cattle from the disease, we must always actively pursue alternative and less harmful measures to address the problem. The mass culling of badgers is a lazy solution to eliminating TB and real resources should be used to properly vaccinate badgers - which is a viable and effective means of controlling the disease."

Nick Bourne, Welsh ConservativeAmbiguous

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Position: ambiguous

"I would like to thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the Welsh Assembly Government's policy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis. This animal disease is highly infectious and if left untreated can cause significant suffering in both wildlife species and cattle.

The Welsh Assembly Government's TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly, and Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. We wish to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible.

Welsh Conservatives recognise that the control of a wildlife species is a sensitive and emotive issue, but we believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can bovine TB be eradicated."

Lisa Francis, Welsh ConservativeFor the cull

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Email: elizabeth@francis47.orangehome.co.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"Thank you for your recent email regarding the Welsh Government's policy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis. This animal disease is highly infectious and if left untreated can cause significant suffering in both wildlife species and cattle and obviously causes a considerable threat to public health.
The Welsh Government introduced new legislation, the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011 and this came into force yesterday. As you will be aware, the intention of this order is to eradicate bovine TB within an Intensive Action Area in North Pembrokeshire. Additional legislation, the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 has also been laid with the intention of controlling the disease in other animals, including camelids, deer and goats.
The Welsh Government's TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly. Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. We very much hope to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible.
Whilst I understand and recognise that the control of a wildlife species is always going to be a sensitive and emotive issue, I sincerely believe, that bovine TB will only be eradicated by tackling the disease holistically."

Simon Thomas, Plaid CymruFor the cull

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Position: Pro-cull

"I would simply state that I support the actions of Elin Jones, the Minister for Rural Affairs, in bringing forward a comprehensive set of measures to tackle bTB in both cattle and wildlife. I therefore would support the Intensive Action Area in Pembrokeshire."

Rhys Davies, Plaid CymruFor the cull

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Position: Pro-cull

"There is clear evidence that proactive culling of badgers can have a positive effect on TB in cattle by reducing the incidence of disease. It is expected that the combination of badger culling and cattle measures will optimise the benefit in terms of the number of herd breakdowns prevented. Plaid believes that a badger cull in the Intensive Action Area should be Government-managed to ensure that it is efficient, co-ordinated and sustained. I therefore would support the Intensive Action Area in Pembrokeshire."

Leila Kiersch, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

Address: Brynhyfryd LLanfihangel-y-Creuddyn Aberystwyth Ceredigion SY23 4EH

Telephone: 01974 261340

Email: leila@werdd.gotadsl.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"The Green Party remains firmly against the proposed badger cull. While I understand and sympathise fully with the concerns of farmers regarding bovine TB, the best and most up-to-date scientific research available suggests that culling badgers will not only increase the incidence of the disease in the short-term, but increase its prevalence in surviving badgers. The government would surely be far better advised to increase funding for the research and implication of vaccination programmes, trials of which have shown distinct promise. Stricter cattle control and testing measures are also having a highly positive effect on reducing bovine TB. Quite apart from the obvious implications for conservation and animal cruelty, the cull is simply not necessary."

Neil Lewis, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am very much opposed to the Badger Cull on every level.

Simplifying and making farming policy less intensive would I am sure spare the cattle, farmers and badgers.

Culling badgers is misguided, misinformed and a gross misuse of public funds."

Rachael Sweeting, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am aware that bovine TB has proved to be a particularly serious issue in Pembrokeshire but do not feel there is sufficient evidence for culling to be the solution to this problem - in fact when applied to a specific area there is good evidence that it can make matters worse within surrounding areas. I therefore fully support in the short term your preferred option of a programme of cattle control measures, badger and cattle vaccination. However in the longer term my priority would be the promotion of organic mixed husbandry with cattle becoming less central to the farming economy."

Christine Williams, UKIPunknown

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Position: Unknown

"Thank you for sending me your questionair on Badger Culling. I am never happy ticking boxes, they are too restrictive and tend to force a response in a pre determined way.

We have adopted a policy of not signing any pledge written by others and presented to us by outside agencies, this does not infer that we either do.... or do not.... support the sentiments within these fabricated pledges."

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North Wales

Antoinette Sandbach, Welsh Conservativesunknown

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Position: Unknown

"Thank you for contacting me regarding the proposed badger cull in Pembrokeshire. I am not your regional candidate, and it is an established convention that candidates, AMs or Members of Parliament do not deal with casework or queries from regions outside their own. I would therefore be grateful if you could direct your query to your candidates in the Mid and West Wales Region. However for the sake of clarity, my views are the same as the late Brynle Williams AM."

John Broughton, Welsh ConservativeAmbiguous

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Position: ambiguous

"I am somewhat ambivalent on badger culling which I do not wish to consider it in isolation. In truth I have not read the various reports in detail. If vaccination works then I would like to see how it works for both cattle and badgers. I am far from convinced that culling reactive cattle is sensible.

I extend the argument to FMD and cannot understand why slaughter has been used when vaccination appears possible.

Sorry to sit on the fence but to steal a Scottish legal phrase - the case for culling is "not proven." "

Timothy Foster, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I have always thought a badger cull was wrong but had not heard anything that could persuade farming people until I attended a presentation/campaign meeting in Aberystwyth where I heard compelling evidence against the use of a badger cull to control TB. At the end of this meeting local people with connections to the farming community were saying how they had been totally convinced that a cull was unnecessary and in fact a mistake. "

Petra Haig, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"For three decades, badgers have been culled by the British government in a series of attempts to limit the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB) . Despite these efforts, the incidence of TB in cattle has risen consistently, re-emerging as a primary concern for Britain's cattle industry and a challenge for policy making. Alternative methods of vaccinating and preventing spread need to be employed as well as considering changes to farming methods to allow economical and sustainable control."

Ann Were, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

Address: 40 Elstob Way, Monmouth, NP25 5ET

Telephone: 01600 714625

Email: ann_were12@yahoo.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"While Bovine TB is a serious matter, there is no scientific evidence that proves that culling badgers will eradicate it or even reduce it. Indeed, if badgers from other areas migrate to the area where they have been culled, which is extremely likely, it could exacerbate the problem.
Vaccination of badgers, tightening of cattle movements and less intensive farming of cattle will almost certainly be a more effective way of controlling the disease.
I also wonder what the effect on the local ecosystem will be if the numbers of badgers are artificially reduced."

Dorienne Robinson, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

Address: Lyn Cam Llanfihangel Brynpabuan Builth Wells Powys LD2 3SE

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Email: dorienne@headweb.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"Culling badgers has never at any time proved effective in controlling bovine TB. Systematic slaughter of badgers is the action of a body of people who have no scientific back up to support their actions, but who nevertheless must find a scapegoat and they have chosen the badger in this case. I would suggest reviewing farming practices and the need for intensive and semi-intensive systems."

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South Wales Central

Andrew RT Davies AM, Welsh ConservativeFor the cull

Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Telephone: 02920 89874

Email: andrewrt.davies@wales.gov.uk

Position: Pro-cull

"I would like to thank you for your recent correspondence regarding the Welsh Assembly Government's policy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis. This animal disease is highly infectious and if left untreated can cause significant suffering in both wildlife species and cattle.
As I am sure you are aware, the Welsh Assembly Government intends to introduce new legislation, the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011, by the 31st of March in order to eradicate bovine TB within an Intensive Action Area in North Pembrokeshire. Additional legislation, the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 will be introduced to control the disease in other animals, including camelids, deer and goats.
The Welsh Assembly Government's TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly, and Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. We wish to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible.
Welsh Conservatives recognise that the control of a wildlife species is a sensitive and emotive issue, but we believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can bovine TB be eradicated."

John Drysdale, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am opposed to the badger cull on the basis that scientific evidence is that it would not reduce bovine TB in cattle."

Neil McEvoy, Plaid CymruAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"please feel free to use my name in whatever way you want. If elected I would not support or vote for a cull. "

Jake Griffiths, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

Statement online here

Matt Townsend, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am against the badger cull. There seems to be contradictory evidence about the effectiveness of this cull, and I fear that it has become over-politicised with some other parties being pro-cull purely to score points against other parties. This is irresponsible and we need to ensure that whatever course of action is taken is based on sound independent scientific evidence. My feeling about the evidence which has been available to date seems inconclusive."

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South Wales East

William Graham, Conservative For the cull

Address: National Assembly For Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Telephone: 02920 898348

Email: william.graham@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"I voted for the pilot cull last week and will monitor the final report."

Chris Were, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Email: chris@chriswere.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"The Court of Appeal has put the Welsh Assembly on the spot over its data to justify the badger killing, but they are flying in the face of evidence and carrying on regardless. The weight of expert opinion continues to show that a badger cull is not the best way to control bovine TB in cattle herds. The Assembly's own studies have shown that a cull would be no more successful than a vaccination programme."

Pippa Bartolotti, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Telephone: 07981 717757

Email: pippa@pippa-bartolotti.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am wholly against the culling of badgers for a number of reasons:
- Killing badgers has not previously been shown to stop the spread of bovine TB, in fact it has been shown to spread the disease. A £50 million randomised cull trial found that a cull can actually increase incidents of the disease. In 2009, Scotland, which hasn't killed any badgers, was declared a tuberculosis-free zone. In the Republic of Ireland badgers have been culled and incidents of bovine Tuberculosis increased by 13%
- Inoculation is now available and is likely to be more effective
- Intensive farming methods are misguided - overcrowding, overgrazing - and bad for planet and people alike. Bovine TB is more likely to be spread between cattle kept in crowded conditions, and the solution is most likely to lie in improving animal welfare standards.
- Methods commonly used to cull badgers - shooting, gassing and snaring - are cruel and could contravene the 1992 Badger Act designed to protect badgers from acts of cruelty, and the Bern Convention, which commits the UK to conserving wild flora, fauna and their native habitats
We need a rational, evidence-based policy for halting the spread of bovine TB, 80 per cent of which is caused by cattle-to-cattle infection and has nothing whatsoever to do with badgers. In the remaining cases, culling badgers could be increasing the range of neighbouring populations, causing the disease to spread more widely."

Brendan D'Cruz, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: Castle Point, Rayleigh and Wickford Liberal Dermocrats 15, Upway, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8AG

Telephone: 07939574047

Email: brenski69@hotmail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am opposed to the culling of badgers. I would seek to find alternatives if elected, as I do not see the scientific justification for culling badgers when alternative methods have not yet been properly investigated."

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South Wales West

Peter Black, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: 70 Mansel Street, Swansea, SA1 5TN

Telephone: 01792 536354

Email: Peter.Black@Wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

Full opinion piece here

Stuart Rice, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I do not agree with the cull of badgers."

Cheryl Green, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: Bryn y Fro, 55 High Street, Laleston, Bridgend, CF32 0HL

Telephone: 01656 659288

Email: cagreen@btconnect.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I would like to state that I do not support the Welsh Assembly government's policy on badger culling at all"

Bethan Jenkins, Plaid CymruAgainst the cull

Address: 75 Briton Ferry Road, Neath, SA11 1AR

Telephone: 01639 643549

Email: Bethan.Jenkins@Wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

Responded, but asked that her full response not be published

Dr. Dai Lloyd, Plaid CymruFor the cull

Address: 39 St. James's Crescent, Uplands, Swansea, SA1 6DR

Telephone: 01792 646430

Email: DaiLloyd@plaidcymru.org

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Position: Pro-cull

"I shall be voting for the cull,"

Myfanwy Davies, Plaid CymruFor the cull

Address: 27 Brettenham Street, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire

Telephone: 07800902398

Email: myfanwy@myfanwydavies.org

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Position: Pro-cull

"I strongly support the development of bovine and badger TB vaccines and a programme of measures for restricting cattle movement. However vaccines will take some time to develop (2015 the earliest for a badger vaccine) and cattle vaccines are currently banned by the EU. I support action on both those fronts and on cattle movement but we have to deal with all the sources of infection as things stand.

I'm sorry that we will disagree on this issue but I feel that your request deserves a full and honest answer."

Suzy Davies, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

Address: 128 Walter Road, Swansea, SA1 5RG

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Email: suzydaviessww@gmail.com

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Position: Pro-cull

"I confirm that, while I support the work on developing a vaccine for bovine TB, I fully back the Welsh Assembly government's badger cull in Pembrokeshire.
Perhaps I should mention that my husband is a livestock farmer in a part of Wales as yet only marginally affected by TB. Having been through the trauma of our first inconclusive TB test, I remain of the view that this disease is out of control, and will remain so while only one part of the cattle-badger connection is subject to compulsory culling.
We may disagree, but I will continue to respect your views and your contribution to the debate.

Keith M Ross, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

Address: Flat 4 Brockley Court 103 St Helen's Avenue Swansea SA1 4NW

Telephone: 0845 345 5768

Email: keith.ross@walesgreenparty.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"There is no firm evidence that Badgers cause TB in cattle; indeed it could be the other way round. Even if there were evidence to support the link, culling Badgers will not solve the problem. Vaccination is the best way to deal with TB in cattle. "

Huw Evans, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am a Chemist by profession so it amazes me just how ignorant the decision to cull badgers is. Not only does it go against scientific advice but it's just not a sensible or moral thing to do. It seems this is a very poorly thought out policy and I give my full support to Pembrokeshire against the cull."

Andy Chyba, Welsh Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Telephone: 078 1066 3241

Email: greens@chyba.go-plus.net

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Position: Anti-cull

"In 2009 Scotland, which hasn't killed any badgers, was declared a tuberculosis-free zone. However, in the Republic of Ireland badgers have been culled and incidents of bovine Tuberculosis increased by 13%"

Geraint Hopkins, Welsh LabourAmbiguous

Address: 20 Coed Bychan Crescent, Llanharan, Pontyclun, CF72 9PQ

Telephone: 07813 814 257

Email: gerainthopkins@yahoo.co.uk

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Position: ambiguous

"I have no strong view either way on a badger cull. I am committed to the Labour Manifesto pledge to take a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling Bovine TB."

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Aberavon

David Rees, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I have the same view as Lorraine Barrett on this issue. I would oppose such a cull based upon the evidence currently provided."

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Aberconwy

Eifion Wyn Williams, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address: Swyddfa'r Blaid Lafur/Labour Office, Ty Haups, Ffordd Penrhyn, LL30 1HB

Telephone: 07512 720000

Email: 10reasons2vote@gmail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"Plaid Cymru have managed to force the culling of badger's onto the political agenda in Wales in order to appease a number of farmers who support them. I look forward to a Labour majority in the Senedd that will hopefully ensure that common sense is followed on this issue. The culling of badgers is a pointless and outragous exercise.

If elected in May, I will use my influence to bring an end to any plans to cull badgers in Wales.

I also have it on good authority, from Defra officials, that no TB has been found in the badger population of Dyffryn Conwy. Despite this, as you will only be too aware, there still exists a number of people who are hellbent on pushing for further culls. "

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Alyn and Deeside

John Bell, Welsh ConservativeFor the cull

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Position: Pro-cull

"As you know, this animal disease is highly infectious and if left untreated can cause significant suffering in both wildlife species and cattle.

As I am sure you are aware, on 9 March Elin Jones, the Minister for Rural Affairs, laid the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011.

This Order allows for a government managed cull of badgers, alongside stricter cattle measures, in the Intensive Action Area in west Wales as part of the Welsh Assembly Government's TB Eradication Programme.

If eradication of bovine TB is to be achieved in areas where the disease is endemic, and where the majority of cattle are slaughtered in Wales, need to be addressed. Stringent cattle controls alone will not achieve eradication and need to be implemented with effective badger intervention to deal with that source of infection.

The evidence presented to the Minister to help her make this decision is available here. This included a report on the responses to the Consultation on Badger Control in the Intensive Action Area (IAA) and the scientific evidence that is available on the options considered.

The Order came into force on 31 March 2011. Please click on this external link to read The Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011.

Copies of all consultation responses received are available on CD on request. If you would like a copy please e-mail us: bovinetb@wales.gsi.gov.uk.

Please click on the icon below to access all the evidence.

Additional legislation, the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 will be introduced to control the disease in other animals, including deer and goats.

The Welsh Assembly Government's TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly, and Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. We wish to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible.

Welsh Conservatives recognise that the control of a wildlife species is a sensitive and emotive issue, but we believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can bovine TB be eradicated."

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Blaenau Gwent

Martin Blakebrough, Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: Redwood Studio, llanishen, Chepstow, Monmouthshire. NP166QH

Telephone: 079 6634 3978

Email: m.blakebrough@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am opposed to the cull of badgers."

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Bridgend

Briony Davies, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"Having read some of the evidence. I am not conviced by the argument for culling of badgers."

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Caerphilly

Owen Meredith, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

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Position: Pro-cull

"It should be promoted by landowners and only done where landowners want it. Brief Explanation. TB is devastating the farming community. We have no legal and viable vaccine. Culls have been proven to work in the long term."

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Cardiff Central

Jenny Rathbone, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 140 Glenwood, Llanedeyrn, CF23 6UW

Telephone: 029 20 256 255

Email: jenny.rathbone@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I oppose the badger cull. It will cause huge ructions, bring out the worst of the hunting, shooting brigade and is likely to make the problem of TB amongst cattle even worse. If you kill one set of badgers, another lot will come into the territory to fill the space. I favour vaccination of badgers."

Chris Williams, Plaid CymruAmbiguous

Address: 40 Longmeadow Drive, Dinas Powys, CF64 4TB

Telephone: 01304364743

Email: ChrisWilliams@plaidcymru.org

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Position: Pro-cull

"I am personally opposed to the killing of badgers but I am aware that Plaid policy is to support it."

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Cardiff North

Jonathan Morgan, ConservativeAgainst the cull

Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Telephone: 029 2089 8734

Email: jonathan.morgan@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I voted against the cull."

Julie Morgan, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 17 Plasnewydd, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 1NR

Telephone: 029 20 69 47 48

Email: morganjulie@hotmail.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I wanted to let you know that I am against the badger cull and will be putting a statement about this up on my website this week. "

Carmarthen East and Dinefwr

Rhodri Glyn Thomas, Plaid CymruFor the cull

Address: 30 Parc Hafan, Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, SA38 9AR

Telephone: 01239 712 952

Email: info@RhodriGlynThomas.org

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Position: Pro-cull

"I would refer you to the Rural Development Sub Committee inquiry into Bovine TB which concluded that a limited pilot cull in a specified area would need to be part of a comprehensive strategy to eradicate Bovine TB.
This remains the case."

Will Griffiths, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

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Email: willgriffiths@yahoo.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"It is fair to say that there are differing opinions on the cull within all political parties, between scientists, across the farming community and amongst residents. This is an issue where feelings run high and strong evidence can be quoted to support differing opinions. Given the differing views, it is vital to show that all other options have been fully explored before a cull takes place. In addition, we rely heavily on tourism in Wales, and our protected wildlife plays a pivotal role in this important aspect of our economy.

Having looked at the evidence on both sides, I feel it is critical to take the most humane, cost effective option that does not infringe individual civil liberties. I am not confident that a cull will work and I believe that it would be much better to carry out a badger vaccination trial.

In short, I believe that a cull only helps to reduce numbers and does not tackle the problem of the disease itself."

Cllr Anthony W. Jones, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"Having listened to points by both sides not convinced a cull is best option, I'm pleased vaccinations progressing."

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Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire

Christine Gwyther, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"My position is anti cull.

I have read the reports, monitored the progress of the disease in other countries which have culled badgers and I remain wholly unconvinced by the evidence that the proposed badger cull will help the plight of our farmers.

Plaid Cymru's Elin Jones has pushed this policy through in the teeth of science and common sense. The other measures such as better animal husbandry, stricter animal movements and testing have together already reduced the incidents down by 34% in the intensive treatment area. A cull of badgers at this stage would prove absolutely nothing. It cannot be termed a "trial" because the other elements of the trial (which I have mentioned) have already started. Its scientific basis is therefore compromised to such an extent that it is worthless.

Plaid Cymru candidates are now saying that they would not support forced entry onto land to carry out the cull. What a cop out. A partial cull will be even more useless than a complete cull - leading to perturbation and badger movements even within the intensive treatment area, let alone the perturbation onto "clean" areas we were expecting and farmers have been dreading.

This proposal is now nothing more than appeasement - using millions of pounds of public money from our already depleted Welsh budget.

It will be cruel, wasteful and pointless.

If I am elected I will be holding First Minister Carwyn Jones to his word when he says in our Labour manifesto that the Welsh government's approach to the eradication of bovine TB will be evaluated and reviewed on a science basis. I will be campaigning for the earliest possible introduction of a vaccine to give farmers the protection they need and our wildlife the protection it deserves."

Angela Burns, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

Address: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

Telephone: 029 2089 8384

Email: Angela.Burns@Wales.gov.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

Responded to the effect that PAC were already aware of her views on this matter, but forbade us from publishing her response.

Nerys Evans, Plaid CymruFor the cull

Address: Penrhiw, 52 Lammas St, Carmarthen, SA31 3AL

Telephone: 01267 234467

Email: nerysevans2011@live.co.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"Thank you for your email regarding my views on the Welsh Assembly Government’s current TB Eradication Programme. I understand that a number of people are opposed to the scheme, and I respect their right to strongly voice their opposition.

Bovine TB is one of the biggest threats facing our farming industry. The cost of trying to control this disease continues to escalate. Last year nearly £24 million was spent by the Welsh Assembly Government in compensating farmers for the slaughter of cattle with TB. By 2015 the bill to taxpayers could be £80 million. In 2008 11,000 cattle were slaughtered due to TB. This situation is unsustainable. Robust action is needed to tackle bovine TB. I support the Welsh Governments attempts to deal with Bovine TB, and as was shown in the Assembly chamber a couple of weeks ago, all parties in Wales have supported the Ministers plans.

I am however concerned regarding the issue of forced entry onto land, and I believe that contractors should not use force to enter land where the owners do not wish to take part in the cull. This would be a matter for the next Assembly Government.

Over the last two years the Welsh Assembly Government has put in place the TB Eradication Programme, based on sound scientific evidence, and in consultation with experts. The programme is comprehensive using all means possible to tackle the problem. The main components of the eradication programme involve limiting the spread of the infection by cattle. This has included heightened surveillance and control measures to find and get rid of infection at an earlier stage. A test of all cattle herds in Wales, TB Health Check Wales, has given us a better picture of the disease across the country. It shows that the disease is continuing to spread in areas previously thought to be relatively disease free. All herds in Wales will also be tested again this year, and will have to comply with TB Pre Movement Testing rules. Across Wales, the Government is tackling the disease in cattle in order to limit and reduce the spread of infection.

The Minister has decided to pilot an approach never used before in the UK and establish an Intensive Action Pilot Area in a defined part of west Wales, where a limited badger removal project will take place alongside stricter cattle disease control measures.

The pilot will take place in an area where 42% of cattle owners have had at least one case of TB in their herd since 2003. This area has one of the most serious TB problems in Britain. Between January 2005 and December 2008, 58% of the compensation paid in Wales was paid to farmers in the west Wales region. Within the pilot area, 30% of the herds in the area in the year prior to their TB breakdown had not had any cattle moving into their herds, suggesting that the source of infection was local. As you can see the proposed removal of badgers will not be happening in isolation, but will be a part of a wider TB eradication programme.

So why not vaccinate? The Welsh Assembly Government has said that it hopes to look at vaccination as an option. I hope that a vaccine, for use in badgers, may provide a solution for a TB free wildlife. However, the work to assess the practicality of an injectable vaccine for badgers, has not begun yet. An oral vaccine, the most practical way of vaccinating badgers, will not be available until 2014 at the earliest.

The Government has commissioned an independent ecological consultancy to assess potential consequences that removing badgers may have on other species within and outside the pilot area. The report indicates that within five to ten years of a badger cull ending the area will become naturally re-populated with badgers. As that happens WAG will take preventative action to stop badgers in the area from becoming re-infected. During the pilot WAG will be monitoring the wildlife in the area.

We are not talking about destruction of a species, but about safeguarding the welfare of wildlife for future generations. This is the role of Government. I support the Welsh Government's policy on this important matter."

Selwyn Runnett, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address:

Telephone: 01994 438 174

Email: http://uk.mc864.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=selwyn.runnett@cwsplibdems.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am against it on two grounds:

1. I am a long-time supporter of animal welfare issues and I do not see that killing badgers (or any other animal) should be considered at all unless there is some very exceptional reason involving public health
2. On the basis of my understanding of the science, I do not think that a badger cull would actually work"

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Ceredigion

Luke Evetts, Welsh ConservativesAgainst the cull

Address: 3 Antaron Avenue, Southgate, Aberystwyth, SY23 3RP

Telephone: 07805 325 681

Email: lukeevetts@googlemail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"This was an incredibly difficult issue for me to come to terms with during the last election as the evidence given in relation to the effectiveness of such a measure is open to interpretation. As such, I feel that individual politicians should be able to make a decision unfettered by a party line.

I recognise that bovine TB is a serious threat to agriculture in West Wales and agree that something needs to be done about it. However, having researched the matter extensively since the General Election, I have been unable to find convincing evidence to suggest a cull would actually reduce instances of TB or indeed whether it would be cost and time effective. As such, I cannot support a cull at this time and feel that other avenues should be thoroughly explored first."

Elizabeth Evans, Welsh Lib DemsAgainst the cull

Address: 32 North Parade, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion, SY23 2NF

Telephone: 01970 615 880

Email: elizabeth@elizabethevans4ceredigion.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"Bovine Tuberculosis is a significant problem in west Wales and we need to recognise the financial cost and upset caused to farmers with an infected herd, as well as the distress to the livestock that contract the disease. However, we need an effective, sustainable, long-term way of fighting bTB that is based on proven science. I do not believe that the cull of badgers proposed by the Welsh Assembly Government achieves this.
The scientific evidence that I have reviewed shows that the success of culling badgers as a method for controlling bTB is limited at best. There is evidence that one initial effect is that infected badgers move out of the cull area as setts are disrupted, thus spreading the disease to a wider area. As such, there is a danger that the proposed cull in Pembrokeshire and the Teifi valley could displace the problem into mid and north Ceredigion. In the longer term, badgers will re-establish themselves in the cull area, risking a return of the disease.
Badgers are carriers of TB and inter-species transmission does need to addressed as part of a strategy for controlling bTB. The measures for controlling bTB short of a cull that have already been introduced by the Welsh Assembly Government have made a significant difference in reducing the indicence of bTB in Wales, and I fully support these actions.
Over the longer term, I believe that the most effective way of controlling bTB is by a vaccine for badgers, as is currently being trialled in Gloucestershire with some success. A badger vaccine will build up immunity in badgers, and as such its effects will spread the longer it goes on as the number of healthy badgers increases. The resources currently being committed to the badger cull would be better used to establish a vaccination trial, so that farmers in the worst-affected areas of Wales can start benefitting immediately whilst the approach is studied and refined."

Richard Boudier, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3LH

Telephone: 07912526643

Email: richardaboudier@googlemail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I believe that there is not substantial evidence to suggest that the cull will work. I have been against this from the outset and will continue to argue against it in my campaign. I believe that there are better ways to control TB without the cull of badgers. The Welsh Assembly Government should look at every alternative and that the cull should be the last resort if no other way is viable. "

Chris Simpson, Green PartyAgainst the cull

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Telephone: 01970 636670

Email: christopher_s@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"A colleague went through all the scientific evidence on this subject, and sent a paper in to the Welsh Assembly Government showing why their proposed cull is wrong.
In the long-term, we in the UK need to greatly reduce out total numbers of cattle to cope with the problems of Climate Change and Peak Oil - see the report "zerocarbonbritain" (ISBN 978-1-902175-48-5) from the Centre for Alternative Technology, which can be downloaded from their website: www.cat.org.uk.
Welsh Assembly Government should help farmers to move out of dairy & beef into more sustainable areas of farming, starting with those areas with a bovine tuberculosis problem."

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Clwyd West

Darren Millar, ConservativesFor the cull

Address: 55 Market Street, Abergele LL22 7AF

Telephone: 01745 839117

Email: darren.millar@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

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Crispin Jones, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I respect the viewpoint of RSPCA officers and scientific advisers who question the efficacy of a cull of badgers. When I have been convinced that all scientific evidence for alternative method of control of bovine TB have been considered and that high standards of animal husbandry have been proven not to reduce the incidence of TB in cattle, I will review my current position. Until this time I am unable to support the culling of badgers. "

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Clwyd South

Bruce Roberts, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"Scientifically, badger culling is not proven to reduce TB in cattle and until evidence is available that shows this we should not be culling badgers. Even then I am not sure that we could ever justify the culling of significant native mammals on the basis of marginal economic interests."

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Cynon Valley

Christine Chapman, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address: Bank Chambers, 28a Oxford Street, Mountain Ash, CF45 3EU

Telephone: (01443) 478098

Email: christine.chapman@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"It is on the record that I spoke and voted against the badger cull when the matter has been raised in the Welsh Assembly. This is the position I still take, and I would be keen for you to be able to provide this information to your supporters."

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Dwyfor Meirionnydd

Steve Churchman, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: Minffordd House, GARNDOLBENMAEN, GWYNEDD, LL51 9TX

Telephone: 01766 530 661

Email: libdems.caernarfon@virgin.net

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am not convinced of the link between Badgers and TB - there are plenty of other equally possible explanations. I also believe that there is room for inoculation to prevent the spread of TB."

Martyn Singleton, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am completely against the culling of Badgers; I agree wholeheartedly with the PAC that the rationale behind such measures, are based upon bad science. It strikes me that a cull seems to be the easier option in many people’s eyes, without effectively addressing the issue at stake.

Priority should be on controlling badger populations and introducing a vaccination programme. The money that will be spent on a 'solution' that might in fact make the situation worse, should be reinvested in more proven methods of TB reduction and animal control."

On forced access to slaughter badgers:
"The last question troubles me, as I believe farmers have the right to forbid such action; however such actions might set a precedent. If farmer's can pick and choose what laws they agree with, I would fear that some would use it as an excuse to support other ghastly activities such as hunting with dogs. I would have to read up on the legal situation before having an opinion either way."

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Gower

Edwina Hart, Welsh LabourAmbiguous

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Position: Ambiguous

"Please read the section in our manifesto."


Relevant wording from the Labour Manifesto: "We will: [...] Take a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling Bovine TB."

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Monmouth

Mark Whitcutt, Labour PartyAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am totally opposed to the culling of badgers. In my view it is not justified by the scientific evidence and would be counter-productive in terms of the affect on bovine TB. I believe that there is some evidence from a study in Northern Ireland to this effect. "

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Montgomeryshire

Nick Colbourne, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am convinced that veterinary science is the answer to eradicating BTB and not killing badgers. As an additional belief, I am convinced that those areas that rely on tourism to maintain their communities, will find a cull will result on 1000s of tourists opting for a more tranquil and compassionate location in which to spend their time & money"

Russell George, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

Address:

Telephone: Welshpool Office 01938 552315 / Newtown Office 01686 626500

Email: russell.george@hotmail.co.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"I recognise that the control of a wildlife species is a sensitive and emotive issue, but I believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can Bovine TB be eradicated.

The Assembly Government’s TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly, and Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. I wish to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible. "

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Neath

Gwenda Thomas, Welsh LabourAmbiguous

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Email: gwendaforneath@yahoo.com

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Position: Ambiguous

"I have given careful consideration to this matter over a long period of time and having considered all aspects of this very sensitive matter I support the Welsh Labour Manifesto commitment to take a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling Bovine TB."

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Newport East

John Griffiths, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 1st Floor, Clarence House, Clarence Place, Newport, NP19 7AA.

Telephone: 029 2089 8315

Email: john.griffiths@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"Thanks for your email
I do understand the strength of feeling on these important and emotive matters However I will be supporting the Government"

Ed Townsend, Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: 43 St. Julians Road, NEWPORT, NP19 7GN

Telephone: 01633 211 486

Email: etfootsteps@btopenworld.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"Opposed to culling badgers - cruel and not necessary in my humble view."

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Pontypridd

Mike Powell, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: 8 the Parade, Trallwn, Pontypridd. CF37 4PU

Telephone: 07779 337 839

Email: mike.powell@rctlibdems.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

" I oppose the badger cull and think other methods of controlling bovine TB should be instigated

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Preseli Pembrokeshire

Terry Mills, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 28 Castle Pill Road, Milford Haven SA73 1HE

Telephone: 01646 690425

Email: Terrymillslabour@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"This is a vindictive act of a Minister who originally failed in the courts and is desperate to pacify an element of the faming community. Whilst I feel sorry for the farmers, the science is unsound. Elin Jones is responsible for one of the worst examples of appeasement since Neville Chamberlain. There are more effective ways of controlling the disease that the cruel trapping and shooting of 1500 badgers.
The RSPA believe that vaccination, increased levels of testing, improved bio-security and more appropriate rules on the movement of cattle are more effective measures of reducing bovine TB. I share their views."

Bob Kilmister, Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address: Fagwyr Einon, Llanychaer, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9SP

Telephone: 01348 875566

Email: bobkilmister@gmail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"Bovine TB is a real problem. There is a real risk that our communities will be split by the proposed cull in Pembrokeshire. The operation could last for five years with all the policing and social implications and there is no guarantee that it would succeed. This is my personal view."

Rhys Sinnett, Plaid CymruFor the cull

Address: 126 Priory Road, Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, SA73 2ED

Telephone: 01646 698310

Email: RhysSinnett@plaidcymru.org

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Position: Pro-cull

"I am very much aware of how sensitive this issue is and how there are strongly held views on both sides of the debate. That is why when selected as a candidate for Preseli Pembrokeshire, I made a point of speaking to many people, both opposed to and in favour of the cull, in order to try and understand their positions.

Having listened carefully to both sides of the debate, I have concluded that I will be supporting the Welsh Assembly Government policy on this matter. I believe that it is the only way to ensure that the disease is brought under control in an area which has suffered dreadfully from this problem over many years and I also believe that it is significant that the proposal has the support of all parties at the National Assembly as evidenced by the vote taken recently.

Actions to address the chain of infection that involve measures for cattle and wildlife need to be undertaken in order to reduce the longer term payment of compensation to farmers following destruction of their animals and also to ultimately ensure a healthy badger population. Therefore, I believe that the proposed cull is a necessary, if unfortunate, step towards tackling the reservoir of bTB infection that exists in the IAA and as such it needs to be seen through. We cannot ignore the recent rise in infection rates within the area, which has increased 44% in 2010, according to recent WAG figures and on this basis it appears to me that on-farm controls alone are not sufficient to resolve this problem.

However, I am of the opinion that thought should be given to avoiding the forced entry of contractors to land where the owners do not wish to take part in the cull. There is a real issue of how the community as whole within the IAA stays together both during and after the proposed cull. I am concerned about social cohesion in some areas, given the level to which feelings have already risen.

In conclusion, the agricultural sector in North Pembrokeshire is important to the county's economy, landscape and society. We must act to ensure that we have a healthy farming sector and a healthy badger population in the years ahead."

Paul Davies, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

Address: Winston Churchill House, 20 Upper Market Street, Haverfford West, Pembrokeshire, SA61 1QA

Telephone: 01437 766425

Email: paul.davies2@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Pro-cull

"I believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can Bovine TB be eliminated and I am supportive of the Labour Plaid Assembly Government's Bovine TB eradication package.

I am aware that this decision will cause some people genuine concern and anxiety, but it is a decision that I have not taken lightly. I have taken time to consider a great deal of evidence closely. I have encountered a great deal of scientific information, and like my colleagues in the National Assembly for Wales, I have considered the alternative options before agreeing to support the Minister in this action.

I believe that I have been open and consistent with my constituents on this issue. I have also made representations to the Minister for Rural Affairs on behalf of constituents who have opposed the cull. I am sure that we all want to see both the cattle and badger population in Wales free from TB and I believe that the Labour Plaid Assembly Government's bTb eradication package will significantly contribute to this goal."

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Rhondda

George Summers, Welsh Liberal DemocratAgainst the cull

Address: 20 Lan Park Road, Pontypridd, CF37 2DH

Telephone:

Email: george.summers@rctlibdems.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I believe there are more effective methods of controlling cattle TB then than badger culling and these need to be explored further."

Leighton Andrews, Welsh LabourAmbiguous

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Email: leighton4labour@googlemail.com

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Position: ambiguous

"The Labour manifesto is clear on what we would do in government and is different from the other 3 parties."


Relevant wording from the Labour Manifesto: "We will: [...] Take a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling Bovine TB."

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Swansea East

Sam Samuel, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

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Email: sam_samuel@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"Apart from the Civil Liberties issue of enforced access (and the previous attempts at this by masked enforcement officers) I believe that there are other measures which could be taken (such a controls on cattle movements and immunisation) which could better achieve the outcome WAG is looking for. I understand and am sympathetic to the issues that farmers face with BTB - but feel this cull should be a last resort, not a knee jerk reaction taken in the face of the scientific evidence. There is the added issue that in the face of a cull, badgers may just migrate beyond the cull area - passing on the problem to other areas in Wales."

Mike Hedges, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

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Email: xmikehedges@yahoo.co.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"My natural inclination would be to oppose cullng
I have just signed a petition against the culling of seals in Canada but I know very little about the subject of Badger culling"

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Swansea West

Julie James, LabourAgainst the cull

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Email: julie@juliejames4swanseawest.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I do not believe that there is sufficient evidence to support the culling of badgers and in any event I disagree with inhumane actions of this sort."

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Torfaen

Lynne Neagle, LabourAgainst the cull

Address: 73 Upper Trosnant Street, Pontypool, Torfaen, NP4 8AU

Telephone:

Email: lynne.neagle@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I am opposed to the cull (voted for the motion to repeal the order last week), I do not believe the scientific evidence justifies a cull and I do not believe that the cull should be enforced on the land of those who are opposed to it."

Will Griffiths, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address:

Telephone:

Email: willgriffiths4torfaen@gmail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I believe there is no scientific justification of the Badger Cull, I feel that some have mistakenly attributed badgers to the Spread of TB without examining evidence, and are now pursuing a quick fix. If elected to the Assembly, I will strongly oppose the cull on all pertaining votes."

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Vale of Clwyd

Ian Gunning, Welsh ConservativesFor the cull

Address: 7 Llys Cadnant Rhyl LL18 4DJ

Telephone: 07725 136928

Email: ianagunning@aol.com

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Position: Pro-cull

"Welsh Conservatives will seek to introduce a comprehensive program of bovine TB eradication in Wales. Cattle based controls and culls have not effectively tackled the debilitating disease. There must be effective policy to address both cattle and badger populations at the same time and we firmly believe that improved husbandry and bio-security will minimise the risk of transmission between the two species. We support the eventual use of an effective oral-bait vaccine to build up immunity in healthy badger populations, but recognise that Wales cannot afford to wait for years while this is being developed. Therefore, we support the pilot badger cull."

Ann Jones, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address:

Telephone: 01745 336696

Email: ann4voc@gmail.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"I voted against the badger cull because I do not believe a robust scientific case has been made in support of the policy.

I remain against the cull."

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Wrexham

Lesley Griffiths, Welsh LabourAgainst the cull

Address: Vernon House, 41 Rhosddu Road, Wrexham, LL11 2NS

Telephone: 01978 355743

Email: lesley.griffiths@wales.gov.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"I voted against the proposed badger cull when a vote was held in April 2008. As you will be aware, the National Assembly for Wales entered Dissolution on 31 March, 2011, in the run up the election on 5 May. If I am re-elected, I will be pressing to ensure that the next Welsh Assembly Government takes a science-led approach to evaluate and review the best way of tackling bovine TB in Wales. Welsh Labour's manifesto is also committed to this approach."

Bill Brereton, Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address:

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Email: billbrereton@btinternet.com

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Position: Anti-cull

"As you may appreciate I will not undertake pledges or promises! My commitment is to fight for the people of Wrexham - who I hope to represent.
Having said that my view is that the scientific evidence currently available is not compelling that bovine TB is spread by badgers."

Dr John Marek, Welsh ConservativeAgainst the cull

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Email: wxm1@fsmail.net

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Position: Anti-cull

"I do not think there is a need to cull badgers: but it is a very serious situation that faces any farm where cattle contract tuberculosis. I am in favour of any testing that does not kill badgers. No doubt, any such method will be more expensive, but the cost will need to be found, not least for the suvival of the badgers in the test area, but for the acceptance of the test by the general public."

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Ynys Môn

Paul Williams, Welsh ConservativeFor the cull

Address:

Telephone: 07786 034876

Email: pw.ynysmon@gmail.com

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Position: Pro-cull

"I would like to thank you for your recent email regarding the Welsh Assembly Government's policy for eradicating bovine tuberculosis. This animal disease is highly infectious and if left untreated can cause significant suffering in both wildlife species and cattle.
As I am sure you are aware, the Welsh Assembly Government intends to introduce new legislation, the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011, by the 31st of March in order to eradicate bovine TB within an Intensive Action Area in North Pembrokeshire. Additional legislation, the Tuberculosis (Wales) Order 2011 will be introduced to control the disease in other animals, including camelids, deer and goats.
The Welsh Assembly Government's TB policy has had cross-party support from all political groups represented at the National Assembly, and Welsh Conservatives remain committed to the eradication of this disease. We wish to see a healthy wildlife population living alongside healthy cattle as soon as is practically possible.
Welsh Conservatives recognise that the control of a wildlife species is a sensitive and emotive issue, but we believe that only by tackling the disease holistically can bovine TB be eradicated."

Rhys Taylor, Welsh Liberal DemocratsAgainst the cull

Address:

Telephone:

Email: rhys.taylor@rctlibdems.org.uk

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Position: Anti-cull

"Again, there are alternative ways which have proven successful. Evidence has proved that culling only increases the possibility of spreading the disease. Scotland is TB free which was not achieved through badger culling. WAG's proposals ignore the affect that transporting cattle on a national level and the control of cattle has. By injecting cattle (and badgers), and controlling the movement and the keeping of cattle will reduce the levels of TB and will save on the £4,000 expected to be spent on the proposal to cull 1,400 badgers in North Pembrokeshire."

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