Badger culling is to be banned on all county council-owned land following an announcement by council chiefs.
The Derbyshire Labour group, which now runs Derbyshire County Council, has announced that the cull is to be banned on all council–owned land in support of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vaccination programme.
Leader Cllr Anne Western commented: “We are proud to live in Derbyshire which is one of the most beautiful rural counties in the country.
“That is why we want to protect our natural wildlife for which makes Derbyshire famous.
“By banning culling on our land and allowing Derbyshire Wildlife Trust to vaccinate our badgers we are dealing with the problem of TB head on.
“Culling is not only cruel but it is bad news for our farmers who are more likely to get infected herds of cattle.
“I hope that the government follows our lead and listens to the science that says culling is bad for our countryside.”
Jack Reedy, spokesman for the Badger Trust, said: “We are delighted that Derbyshire is to refuse permission for culling on county council land, and to support vaccination.
“Unfortunately, the Coalition’s badger culling policy could be seen as a declaration of open season for criminal activity against wildlife, including badger persecution of the most revolting kind.”