Flooding and the badger cull are the most recent in a line of crises for Defra. But with entrenched opposition within, change demands an iron fist, says Countryside Alliance leader Tim…
Excerpt from Countryside Alliance leader Opinion Piece:-
||There is something profoundly wrong with a department so dysfunctional it can not, or will not, deliver the policy of the Government. Whatever your views on badgers and forestry, this is also the department responsible for the Environment Agency and its dredging policies.
With hindsight, perhaps Defra needed to be tackled in the same way that Michael Gove tackled the Department of Education. A head-on attack on vested interests and entrenched positions may have kicked it into life. There again it might just have caused more problems in a ministry that was born of one crisis and seems destined to lurch forever to the next.||
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is the biggest threat to the livestock industry in England and Wales. At present, bovine TB is still not under control in parts of these countries, and there is no single measure…
Prof Mark Chambers is the lead author and principle contributor to the two key papers on the efficacy of BCG vaccine in bTB infected badgers. He contributed a great presentation to the ZSl 2013 conference on bovine TB, cattle and badgers.
||Vaccination of cattle or badgers, or both, could make a contribution to TB control. At present, the most likely vaccine for tackling bovine TB is Bacille Calmette–Guérin (BCG), but this does not guarantee full protection and vaccinated humans and animals can still be infected and develop disease.
Limited field studies underpinned by essential laboratory studies using colonies of captive badgers and cattle have demonstrated that vaccinating badgers and cattle with BCG can reduce the progression, severity and excretion of bovine TB, which should reduce the risk of infection and transmission of the disease.||
The resolve of livestock farmers in the West Country to press ahead with a badger cull as part of the battle against bovine TB has not been dented by the alleging the pilot cull was “ineffective…
||Dorset county NFU chairman Paul Gould, who revealed to the NFU conference in Birmingham on Tuesday that he had 220 Dorset farmers “ready to go” with a further roll-out of the cull, told the press that the allegation, in a report by the BBC, changed nothing.||
Government ministers have been urged to consider gassing badgers in a bid to curb the plague of bovine TB running rife in cattle in the South West. The Somerset-based Badger Welfare Association says…
To some folk a dead badger is a healthy badger. I hope that those behind the “Badger Welfare Association” never get close to human social or medical welfare policy.
Hundreds took to the streets of St Albans on Saturday in a peaceful protest against the Government’s badger cull.
The opposition to the badger cull is a reflection of ‘Middle England’ and not the extremists and ‘wide-spread criminality’ referred to by pro-cull spokespersons and ministers.
Following reports that the Independent Expert Panel on badger culls concluded that they were
||Caroline Lucas, Green MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “It’s time for the Government to end is cruel, inhumane and wasteful culling policies.
“There needs to be investment in evidence-based strategies to tackle bovine TB – including vaccination and improved biosecurity. But instead of exploring these alternatives, and finding humane and effective solutions, millions of pounds have been wasted and we are no further forward in helping farmers.”||
Computer simulations have shown that offshore wind farms with thousands of wind turbines could have sapped the power of three real-life hurricanes, significantly decreasing their winds and accompanying storm surge, and possibly preventing billions of dollars in damages. In the case of Hurricane Katrina, the computer model revealed that an array of 78,000 wind turbines off the coast of New Orleans would have significantly weakened the hurricane well before it made landfall.
Science and fiction are common bedfellows; what seems strange today may be commonplace in future years. The trick is to spot the signals and to separate the fatuous from the first signs of things to come.
Campaigners against the badger cull being rolled out countrywide have released a report showing breaches during the pilot cull in Gloucestershire.
A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the Humane…
In view of the twaddle and half truths that seem to find a disproportionate amount of media space, I will continue to post accurate information whenever I come across it. Mark Jones, a vet and evidence-led campaigner, has worked hard on behalf of the Humane Society International to obtain answers to questions placed as Freedom of Information requests to various agencies and DEFRA.
Les tempêtes successives semblent avoir fortement affecté les populations hivernantes d’alcidés (Guillemot de Troïl, Pingouin torda et Macareux moine).[Update] Thousands of seabirds washed up on the coast for several weeks
Successive storms seem to have greatly affected the wintering populations of auks (Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill) already weakened by lack of food.
With the support of the Agency for Marine Protected AreasLPO informs you and gives you what to do in case of discovery of live or dead birds .
From Alderney Wildlife Trust:-
Wednesday 26th February the French LPO released figures for the seabird wreck in the Bay of Biscay to south Brittany coast: 21,567 dead, of which 14,455 are puffins, with a further 2,784 birds in care, including 1,086 injured puffins, being rehabilitated. Whilst French beaches were the first to be hit, the Normand-Breton coast and the Channel Islands have also experienced distressing signs of the ‘wreck’ (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-jersey-26193938).
Tens of thousands of birds – especially the auk family such as puffins, guillemots and razorbills – have been killed as a result of the endless gales and storms which have battered the country over the past two months.
"Yet when the birds need protecting the most, the single most sophisticated research project for monitoring seabird populations in Britain is being scrapped.
Professor Tim Birkhead, of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, has been monitoring more than 20,000 guillemot pairs on Skomer Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire, for the last 40 years.”