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PETA: find a 'humane and practical' to remove deer

PETA, a national animal rights group, have called on Sellafield bosses to find a 'humane and practical' way to clear the deer from their site.

They have written to the Managing Director of the site asking them not to cull the deer.

It's believed between about 12 deer could be culled after they became trapped between two fences at the West Cumbrian nuclear site.

Killing deer who have become trapped after the erection of fences in the area is extremely cruel and, as recent protests from local people have shown, damaging for Sellafield's reputation. The deer can be removed from your land humanely and effectively by simply luring them out of the area with food. We advise that you designate a section of the fence to be opened in a few weeks' time and place food in this area as bait... May I please have your assurance that you will not kill the deer on your land and will instead opt for the humane and practical solution of herding them off the site?

– Kirsty Henderson, PETA

PETA join Sellafield deer cull debate

Between five and 15 deers could be culled at Sellafield Credit: ITV News Border

A national animal rights group have joined the Sellafield deer debate.

PETA are backing campaigners who are trying to save deer which have become trapped between two security fences at the nuclear plant in west Cumbria.

There are thought to be between five and 15 deer involved.

The company says it is acting on advice from experts from the Deer Initiative who say culling the animals is the most humane thing to do.

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Vigil to be held over deer cull plans

Campaigners who are against plans for a controversial cull of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site are due to hold a vigil on Sunday (16th February).

Around a dozen roe deer are trapped between two fences at the west Cumbrian site.

Radiation Free Lakeland (RFL) has organised the protest outside the site gates.

A spokesperson for Sellafield Ltd said culling wildlife of any sort was a last resort and would only ever been done on expert advice

We have a duty to manage wildlife responsibly at Sellafield Ltd and we take this very seriously, which is why we consult the relevant experts for the best advice when dealing with any wildlife at the site. We have consulted with a veterinary specialist, an ecologist and the Deer Initiative as the lead providers of best practice guidance for sustainable deer management in England and Wales. All the alternative approaches available to a secure nuclear licensed site have been considered and / or attempted before deciding to cull the small number of deer at Sellafield.

– Sellafield Ltd

Vigil to be held for Sellafield deer

Its thought between five and 15 deers could be culled Credit: ITV News Border

A vigil for the deer due to be culled at Sellafield will be held this weekend.

The deer have become trapped between two security fences at the nuclear plant in west Cumbria.

Radiation Free Lakeland has organised Sunday's Free The Deer/Cull Nuclear protest outside the site gates.

There are thought to be between five and 15 deer involved.

The company says it is acting on advice from experts from the Deer Initiative who say culling the animals is the most humane thing to do.

Angry reaction to proposals for Sellafield deer cull

A row has broken out over plans to cull a herd of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site.

The herd has become trapped in woodland between the original perimeter fence, and a newly installed second barrier.

Sellafield says it has been advised by experts that killing the deer is the most humane option, but there's been an angry reaction from environmental campaigners and some local people.

Katie Hunter reports.

Sellafield in row over deer culling plans

A row has broken out over plans to cull a herd of deer at the Sellafield nuclear site.

The deer have become trapped in woodland between the perimeter fence and a new security fence that has recently been installed.

The site at Sellafield Credit: ITV News

Sellafield says it has been advised by national experts at the Deer Initiative Partnership that killing the animals is the most humane option.

However, some local people and environmental campaigners want them to be saved.

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