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Plaid comments on England badger cull announcement

14/12/2021

Responding to the UK Government announcement that it will conduct pilot badger culls in England, Plaid Cymru Rural Affairs spokesperson Llyr Huws Gruffydd AM said:

“This announcement is another severe embarrassment for the Labour Welsh Government and highlights its policy of inactivity.

“With a Plaid Cymru Minister in the previous Welsh Government, Wales had a comprehensive Bovine TB eradication plan. Now under Labour, eradication plans are on hold and the Minister is refusing to say what, if anything, he intends to do about this massive problem for our rural areas.

“While I would not recommend adopting the detail of the UK Government’s plan in Wales, we now face a situation where farmers over the border can be hopeful that the problem there is being addressed. Yet in Wales, Labour has ensured that there is depressing uncertainty within the farming industry about bTB problem, which is being allowed to persist unhindered.

“Labour should be ashamed that they have again let the people of Wales down through their inability or unwillingness to take action to sort out our most pressing issues.”