The Welsh Assembly Government Consultation
On 20 September 2010, Elin Jones (Minister for Rural Affairs) announced that she was consulting publicly on a new draft document, the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2010. Much like the previous 2009 Order, this document provided the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) with the legal framework to cull badgers, but this time it is spatially restricted to the area in north Pembrokeshire- now known as the IAA (Intensive Action Area) instead of IAPA (Intensive Action Pilot Area).
The full consultation document, summarising the evidence and consultation questions, and including a map of the cull area and a copy of the draft Order, was made available on the Welsh Assembly Government's website. They also provided a summary page and the evidence presented to the Minister
The consultation closed on 17 December 2010. Many thanks to everyone who responded to the consultation, and who contacted us to support our opposition or to copy us into their own responses. We were overwhelmed by the level of response from our members and many other individuals and groups who oppose culling.
On 09 March 2011 the Minister laid the new legislation, the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011. As part of the evidence presented to the Minister, WAG released their analysis of the consultation responses. You can download and read this analysis here.
A phenomenal number of responses were received by WAG- 13,421 in total. The majority were opposed to culling. In fact only 2110 responses actively argued that badger culling is justified.