David Cameron became the first serving prime minister to make an official visit to the Royal Welsh Show when he stopped by at the showground in Builth Wells on Monday (21 July).
Don’t blame Liz Truss Secretary of State for Environment.
So that it is clear – It’s Cameron’s Cull
Q: Mr Cameron, are you happy with the progress on bovine TB in Wales and in England?
A: Obviously, I’m not happy in that we are still losing so many cattle to this awful disease. The vision is there. What we want is healthy cattle and healthy badgers.
What I think you get from this government is an absolute iron determination to take the right decisions – even if they are difficult and unpopular. And that’s why it’s so important that we complete the pilot culls that are taking place and why I’ve been so personally insistent about that.
I think it’s right to say that when we look at how TB has been dealt with across the world, it usually requires a combination of measures – movement restrictions and all the rest of it. But also a limited amount of culling in the wildlife population that carries it [the disease]. The commitment is there.
Am I happy with how things are going? Well, I’m happy that the pilots are going ahead. But obviously, we need to deal with this dreadful disease. To those who oppose this, I would make two points. First, if we don’t succeed, we are set to spend £1bn over the next decade on destroying cattle – and that is a huge amount of money. The second thing is, for those that care about animal rights, is that this is a miserable disease for badgers.
The whole point of this strategy is to have healthy badgers and healthy cattle and that is what we are absolutely committed to do. In terms of Wales, we will have to watch carefully the vaccination trials and study the figures. I was talking to Carwyn Jones about it this morning.