Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portsalde, has joined the Blue Badger group of Conservatives against a badger cull.
Members of the Blue Badger group, including Sussex Members of Parliament Sir Peter Bottomley and Henry Smith, all believe that the badger cull will be ineffective in tackling the problem of bovine TB and that the Government could do more to investigate the option of vaccinations. Earlier this year, Mike joined television presenter and conservationist Bill Oddie in making a formal complaint to the Bern Convention about the proposed badger cull.
Mike has continued to be an advocate of animal welfare since he was elected in 2010. He has argued against the repealing of the 2004 Hunting Act; he supported the ban on wild animals in circuses; and he has signed several Early Day Motions against testing household and cosmetic products on animals.
Commenting, Mike said: “I have consistently campaigned on animal welfare issues since being elected as Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade. I have raised my deep concerns about the Government’s plans to cull badgers and I am worried that a vaccination programme is being overlooked in favour of a cull, despite scientific evidence promoting vaccines. A number of trials are currently being undertaken and I will be looking closely at their results.”