Responding to the news that veterinary surgeons have been moved to call out Ministers' for their 'bare-faced lies' and misleading statements about the badger cull, the Green Party's spokesperson on animal rights Keith Taylor MEP said:
"I'm pleased to see vets challenging the Government over its lies about the badger cull. They are among the very experts we need to see speaking out on this abuse of animals and science."
"The lies they have exposed are the same ones the Green Party has been calling out for months. Ministers' attempts to massage the stats and mislead the public has never been able to mask the truth that the badger cull is an extortionately expensive, inhumane project that continues to fail because it is premised on a bad reading of the science."
"Ideology, vested interests and obfuscation can only take a policy so far before it is exposed by its fundamental scientific failings. The Tories' war on wildlife must end. I am calling for the government to make the compassionate, scientifically sound and economically literate choice. Rather than condemning more badgers to long, painful and unnecessary deaths, the government needs to refocus its efforts on humane and evidence-based controls.”
While attempting to research the original story, journalists at the BBC found that the government had gagged scientists at the Animal and Plant Health Agency which carried out the work which Ministers' have been deliberately misrepresenting.