Responding to the consultation – March 2018
Consultation on expression of interest for badger culling in unknown area or areas in Avon, Berkshire, Derbyshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire & Warwickshire. Closes 11.59pm on 19th March 2018.
What to do
Fill in online consultation
The consultation is very important since previously the public response has been both high and overwhelmingly against badger culling. As more and more counties join in, this pressure needs to continue. If you want to respond on behalf of one or more counties involved, each county needs a separate response.
Information to help with your responses
Filling in your reply to the consultation will only take a couple of minutes since Defra/Natural England has deliberately limited the scope. Once you have filled in your details (there is a choice of whether to do this or not) there is one box in which to write your comment on whether killing badgers in your neighbourhood or elsewhere will affect your business or livelihood.
Obviously businesses such as wildlife photographers, leaders of wildlife tours, owners of B&Bs, hotels or pubs that depend on a wildlife-friendly environment will be adversely affected. But ‘livelihood’ in the broad sense of the word affects us all (see definition of LIVELIHOOD).
If you’re in a real hurry, there is a SAMPLE RESPONSE to the consultation as guidance, but please use your own words and reply before 11.59pm on 19th March 2018 otherwise your response will not count.
When you are ready, go to the consultation: https://consult.defra.gov.uk/natural-england/8899f8e7/
Write to Defra
In addition, you can also write to Defra expressing your views on culling as part of their policy on Bovine TB.
In order to issue licences to kill badgers in one or more areas within the old county of Avon, the Government has to show that it’s consulted the residents. The online consultation gives you a limited chance to express your views, so this is also a timely opportunity to use our guidance to write to Defra with your views about the policy.
If you’re in a real hurry, there is a SAMPLE EMAIL to Defra, but please use your own words and reply before 11.59pm on 19th March 2018 otherwise your response will not count.