Survey of Grantham shoppers shows opinion on badger cull

Badger cull - is it right or wrong?
Badger cull - is it right or wrong?

A Grantham man concerned about the plight of badgers carried out a survey to gauge opinion after being told by Grantham MP Nick Boles that the majority of his constituents support the cull.

Philip Gadd took to the town centre last Saturday, joined by four other members of Grantham Wildlife Protection, to ask shoppers: ‘Do you support the badger cull?’ Of 238 responses, 74 per cent said ‘no’, 10.5 per cent said ‘yes’ and 15.5 per cent were undecided.

The move followed the receipt last year of a letter from Mr Boles, stating: “Most of my constituents support the Government’s proposal for a careful, scientifically evidenced cull of badgers in TB hotspots. I cannot represent them and represent you. So I choose to do the democratic thing and represent the majority.”

Mr Gadd said this was reiterated during a recent meeting with the MP. He added: “Although only a snapshot survey it does appear our MP is wrong and the majority of his constituents are in fact against the culling of badgers. We would like Mr Boles to reconsider his views and represents the views of Grantham people.”