A LABOUR Government would cancel the current ‘failed’ pilot badger culls, Shadow Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has indicated.
Evidence led policy - abandon the badger cull pilots. Sensible stuff from Huw Irranca-Davies.
British officialdom and those they serve are obsessed with the killing of wildlife, writes Lesley Docksey. It seems that whatever the ‘problem’, from bovine TB to the serendipitous arrival of beavers in Devon, the reflex is the same - to kill wild animals. But increasingly, the British people aren’t having it. And our fightback is making waves ….
I agree wholeheartedly -
’”Without the natural environment we will become dead - dead in our minds and souls and, eventually, dead in our bodies because we are slowly killing the earth that is our home, our blood and bone and breath.”
A CHARITY boss has expressed his sadness at the reinstatement of badger culling. RSPCA head of public affairs David Bowles spoke out after it was ruled that badger culls will not be monitored. He…
David Bowles - ‘He said: “It is astonishing to think this will not be independently monitored and terrifying to know night time shooting can occur in the cull zone, increasing public safety concerns.”
Queen guitarist and animal campaigner Brian May and the Save Me Trust will be heading to the Gloucester and Somerset cull zones at the start of this coming week.
May will visit the Gloucester cull zone tomorrow, Monday, September 15, and then be in Somerset the following day, Tuesday September 16.
The visits are being made to again show May and the Save Me Trust’s support for the Wounded Badger Patrols operating in these two areas.
A statement issued by May and the Save Me Trust ahead of their visit says:
“We rescue and rehabilitate wildlife at our head quarters in Surrey and know only too well of the pain they can suffer at the hand of humans.
“It is fantastic that these people are out at night to patrol and take care of any wounded badgers. Badgers are very intelligent with the same emotional level and pain capacity as dogs. Many of the wounded will be cubs just a few months old and we wanted to say thank you to these amazing people.
“We spent some time down there last year to meet the night walkers who give up their sleep, work and time to care for our wildlife. Their dedication is inspiring.
“We do not support the cull and are advocating vaccination, but we aren’t just talking about it we are actively doing something about it. It is a realistic approach that is both affordable and achievable. Following this policy, the cull zone cost would have been one tenth of its present cost and would actually stand a chance of making the badger population TB free. However unless the farm that holds the infection and the cattle therein are tested and treated ,the whole cycle will start again. With 95% of the transmission carried between cattle to cattle, we would have to be mad to ignore it. We must not forget during that during the badger cull years of 1999 - 2009 badgers, one zone in Cornwall saw bTB rise from 0.5% of the population to 10% , showing clearly that culling does not help reduce bTB in cattle and increases the bTB burden in badgers.
“It seems the public are with us, as this rates as the fifth most important issue on a MORI poll of MPs.
“Vaccination is used as an obvious control throughout the world and certainly among farming communities where livestock is routinely vaccinated within the first few months of life.
“In Europe, rabies was never controlled by culling. It only came under control when vaccination was used on a large scale. In the UK, the badger cull is ill advised by all peer-reviewed science. The government’s own scientific research shows that it will not help control the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
“Badgers uniquely live in small but very defined territories making them easy and obvious to vaccinate.
We are supporting the Badger and Cattle vaccination Initiative www.BACVI.co.uk as the only viable and feasible alternative to culling and have already started vaccinating in these areas of the UK.
“The cost of cage trapping and free shooting is astronomical. It is estimated at £20 million for last year’s cull and the damning report received from the government Independent Expert Panel (IEP) has determined that the cull is unsafe, inhumane, ineffective and now financially unviable.
“We will be meeting the night walkers on Monday and Tuesday to support and thank their brave patrols.
Patrick Barkham: There is little activity, no gunfire or marksmen in sight, but is the silence of the countryside misleading?
Cage trapped badgers; shoot or vaccinate? Politics not science has dictated the current policy impasse.
The pilot badger culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are a vital weapon against a disease that could spread across the nation, says the farmers’ leader
Bovine TB and the justification for culling badgers; the NFU view.