Gordon McGlone

Leading for Nature

July 22, 2014 12:03 pm

Bovine TB information note: Badger Vaccination Fund 2014 - Publications - GOV.UK

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Information note on Bovine TB explains that we are re-opening the Badger Vaccination Fund for 2014.

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The government has reopened the badger vaccine fund:-


The Government published the bovine TB Strategy for England in April 2014. It included an undertaking to consider transitional financial support for privately-led strategic projects, for example those focussed on maximising the immunity of badgers in locations at greatest risk of advancing infection. As a result, a new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme will be launched later this year and is intended to support larger scale vaccination and provide longer term financial and other support, such as training and advice, in the Edge Area of England, where the disease is spreading from the High Risk Area. To give groups time to prepare for support under the new scheme, we are opening the existing Badger Vaccination Fund for a further year, focused on the Edge Area of England and with a reduced set of eligibility criteria.

Under the Badger Vaccination Fund, eligible schemes must involve two or more adjacent cattle farms in the Edge Area comprising the counties of Hampshire, East Sussex, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire. Defra will also take into account the applicant’s progress on securing a Natural England vaccination licence, the cost of the scheme per km2 and measures taken to secure best value for money in their vaccination scheme.


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3:57 am

A One Way Street to Oblivion | George Monbiot

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As soon as an animal becomes extinct, a new bill proposses, it will be classified as “non-native”.


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July 21, 2014 12:14 pm

Seventy sharks found dead on the Gower were ‘probably’ thrown off a fishing boat

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The Shark Trust is demanding limits be set on fished numbers to avoid a population crash

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Criminal, cynical and senseless - by catch is an affront to anyone who respects nature and believes that we are working towards sustainable  marine harvests.  Those who catch and dump do not deserve any respect.


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11:35 am

The Government’s assault on our beavers is all part of their Stalinesque approach to wildlife

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First they came for the ducks. Now they are gunning for the beavers. Hot on the heels of reports that a colony of these animals has been spotted frolicking in the wilds of Devon, a minister in the environment department, Defra, George Eustice, says Defra intends to nab and “re-home” them. Many local people are appalled, and a petition to save them has gathered several thousand signatures.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

So who is Leading for Nature?  Come on RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts are you navigating a course or passengers where the wind blows?


"What is odd is that the numerous wildlife organisations operating in Britain maintain silence concerning the ideology behind these eradication programmes. Surely they could promote a more genuine debate about whether this shoot-it, kill-it, approach to non-native “invaders” - and to native returnees - is  absolutely necessary. In many ways it is a nonsensical idea; Britain is awash already with non-native species, starting with rabbits, pheasants…"


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10:47 am

Department says badger cull is cost effective - RoI

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According to the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney his Department believes the culling of badgers is cost effective and has reduced the levels of TB in bovines.

Gordon McGlone's insight:

The message that forms the foundation for the pro badger cull hymn sheet - ‘it works in the Republic of Ireland’.  Their TB strategy that is; the part played by culling badgers is arguable as the rates of cattle infection are also dropping in the North of Ireland where no culling takes place.


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9:37 am

Royal Welsh Show 2014: David Cameron Q&A - We will stick to badger cull

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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).

Gordon McGlone's insight:

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.


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9:34 am

Royal Welsh Show 2014: David Cameron Q&A - We will stick to badger cull

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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).

Gordon McGlone's insight:

So that 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.


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8:56 am

Badger Trust calls for meeting with DEFRA Secretary of State - Gordon McGlone

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Badger Trust calls for urgent meeting with new Defra Secretary ahead of High Court challenge over Badger cull

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July 20, 2014 8:12 am

Paterson Out, Truss in: Will Change at the Top Mean a Change of Fortune For England’s Badgers?

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Owen Paterson has served English farmers, taxpayers and, most of all, the wildlife he was supposed to protect, very badly indeed. Liz Truss would be well advised to use her experience from her time in the Education Department to learn from his mistak…

Gordon McGlone's insight:

Owen Paterson’s memories of his time at DEFRA align badly with the views of those who stuck with science based evidence rather than politics first.


||In his dogged determination to pursue the persecution of badgers, Mr Paterson chose to ignore overwhelming independent scientific evidence and opinion indicating that killing badgers would contribute little or nothing to TB control, or indeed even make it worse. He also seemingly ignored the disastrous outcomes of the ‘pilot culls’ conducted last autumn and deemed ineffective and inhumane by his very own Independent Expert Panel, and decided to repeat the killing in Somerset and Gloucestershire this year. DEFRA is even conducting research into badger sett gassing, an indiscriminate and inhumane method of killing badgers which was abandoned in the 1980s. He also chose to brush aside compelling data from Wales where stricter cattle measures are having a huge impact on reducing the number of cattle slaughtered because of TB, without a single badger being killed||


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7:33 am

Government: take five simple steps to help bees

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Environment Department urges people to help protect the struggling British bee population

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