Supermarket Tesco has released a statement in response to the protest taking place outside one of its stores in Nottingham against the proposed badger cull.
Animal activists say they feel that supermarkets have an ethical responsibility to not sell products from farmers who cull the animals.
Tesco says animal welfare is an important issue for many of its customers and it takes the responsibility seriously, but also recognises that Bovine TB is a significant threat to dairy farmers:
“Animal welfare is an important and sensitive issue for many of our customers and we take our responsibilities in this area very seriously. We also recognise the significant threat that bovine tuberculosis disease poses to our dairy farmers and their livelihoods. We are committed to supporting them through this challenging time and have no plans to stop sourcing from farmers in the affected areas. The cull policy and its implementation are a matter for Government and the farming community to take forward.”
The Government says the latest results of a badger culling trial show it is effective with preventing the spread of TB to cattle.
Animal rights activists against the proposed badger cull are holding a protest in Nottingham.