"I've NOT decided to cull badgers' Welsh Minister for Rural Affairs says Mainstream Headlines are Wrong
OPINION The headlines came from 'respected' media sources such as the BBC and The Times that she had made a decision to cull them, but clearly from this recent press release, this is not the case.
Quote from The Badger Trust (www.badger.org.uk) 16 June 2008
Lawyers acting for Elin Jones, Minister for Rural Affairs in the
Welsh Assembly Government, have confirmed that she has NOT made a
decision to cull badgers in Wales.
The admission comes in response to a letter before action, sent to
the Minister by lawyers acting for the Badger Trust. This was the
initial stage of the Badger Trust launching a Judicial Review of what
was perceived by the public and the world's media as a decision to
cull badgers made on 8 April, when Elin Jones told the Assembly:
"We believe that the most effective measure to address both sources
of infection and cross-infection, subject to strict regulation and
meeting a number of requirements, would be a targeted cull of badgers
in TB high incidence areas. To take this forward we will prioritise
the establishment of an intensive action pilot in an area which has
been identified as a TB hotspot."
The media consistently reported:
"Badgers are to be culled in Wales" (BBC); "Badgers are to be
slaughtered in Wales" (Western Mail); "Badgers must die" (The Times);
"Badgers will be killed" (Press Association); and "Target badger cull
go-ahead" (Farmer's Guardian)
Source: The Badger Trust 16 June 2008