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Stop plans to cull badgers to reduce the spread of TB

It is attacking our native wildlife which is already under intense pressure. An independent scientific study has already trialled the idea and found it does not work as the badgers flee the area, taking TB with them to other areas.

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      • pete fraserpete fraser commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Inoculating the actual cattle would be a more efficient means of protecting the national herd.

      • Kim TanKim Tan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The government has decided to go ahead with its plan to cull badgers. Even the government's own data shows its plan will be ineffective or counter productive. They are playing to their own supporters.

        We can counter this by campaigning for the supermarkets to introduce a badger-friendly label for produce from farms that don't harm badgers. This will use our power as consumers to apply pressure on the supermarkets and farmers. If farmers want this label, they will have to act differently, and they are then almost certain to press their MP to seriously support the development of a vaccine.

      • charmen@hummelz.comcharmen@hummelz.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        ARE THERE ONLY 371 PEOPLE IN THE UK THAT CARE ABOUT AN ANIMAL KILLING? It will not even be organised or supervised, but anyone with a gun, dog or whatever means will be allowed to kill these animals.
        The whole thing has nothing to do with TB,

      • charmen@hummelz.comcharmen@hummelz.com commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        David Rooke, yes you are right it has been proven that Badgers can carry the disease, but a 10year study by the Government and other Animal Societies have shown that the TB outbreak can not be contributed to the Badger population, but more likely is carried through the bovines themselves. e.g. animal transportation, people carrying the desease on their shoes onto other farms etc. Abattoirs.. Current testing of dairy and cattle farms are not effective and therefore many of the animals slip through the net, this ha resulted in a localised area of culling. Scotland has no problems, why is that? they have a lot more badgers than in Wales and England.

      • KimKim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        When will 38 Degrees begin a petition? This is an extremely urgent appeal!!

      • david rookedavid rooke commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        do not think it has been shown that badgers are spreading TB . For example in Newzealand there is TB but no badgers.Don,t kill the badgerssssssssssss

      • PhilippaPhilippa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Improvements in animal husbandry should be a high priority. Would it really be prohibitively expensive to install antibacterial filters in cowsheds? Has this approach ever been tried? Surely the ideal environment for breeding TB bacteria is a mild damp shed full of cows? Killing badgers en masse will not solve the problem.

      • BeakyBeaky commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        vote now -- the badger cull starts tomorrow July 20 -- COME ON DO SOMETHING!

      • livsterlivster commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The reduction in TB, should the proposed cull be carried out, is in no way great enough to warrent such a slaughter of our natural wildlife. Up until the badger has been a protected species, do our protection laws mean so little that they can be broken so easily. I really hope this becomes a campaign so we can have our say.

      • Becca  ThorneBecca Thorne commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        TB would not affect cattle so badly if they were farmed in a more responsible and less intense way. The ten year research into the effects of a badger cull on bTB swoed that, while the cull initially reduced bTB in the immediate cull area, it increased in the surrounding areas (due to displaced badgers seeking a new territory) and returned to the cull zone when the badgers went back. The report found that the only real way to be rid of bovine TB was through the use use vaccination and better farming practice. A cull is NOT the way forward, and would be wholly irresponsible considering badgers are a protected species.

      • Gill MooreGill Moore commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Back to the drawing board Caroline! "Culling badgers is a high risk, short term, unsustainable fix.  Shooting free ranging badgers is untested, it could make things worse and has no place in a science based approach." says RSPB There are other ways!

      • BeeBee commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Studies show that mass culling is not an effective long term method, come on we can propose something better than killing off our countryside for the meat industry!

      • red foxred fox commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        bTB needs sorting - but culling badgers isn't the best way to do it. Pour money into vaccine development instead.

      • susansusan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        What a weaselly word is 'cull'. Let's use the proper word ...... KILL. This barbaric idea must be halted NOW. It's not as if the science supports killing badgers as an effective measure. What is wrong with vaccination? This is the obvious way forward. Or perhaps, if TB is a problem in certain areas, it would be sensible if farmers chose a different animal or crop to farm in those areas. After all, the badgers were there first.

      • KeithKeith commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The science says it won't work. The people say they don't want it (BBC Poll conducted in June reports > 58% of respondents opposed to a cull). Only the misguided farmers want a poll because their unions tell them this is the only way forward. It's time to vaccinate not cull !

      • AnneCAnneC commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        There is no scientific evdience to back a cull. This is being done to appease the lazy farming community who can't be bothered to improve hygiene amongst their catlle. In the late 1990s the Government set up the Randomised Badger Culling Trial overseen by the Independent Scientific Group. Thousands of badgers were killed in this project but the ISG concluded in 2007 that culling badgers would have no meaningful effect on the control of bovine TB and that farmers should concentrate on improved cattle controls. In the two years 2009 and 2010, there has been a 15% reduction in bTB due to improved testing of cattle, movement controls and improved cattle husbandry. This improvement has been achieved without any badgers being killed (From Badger Trust). Also, numbers of cattle slaughtered because of bTB is miniscule compared to other reasons for slaughter.

      • Yvonne AnthonyYvonne Anthony commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        with all the past results to investigations as to how, why and what to do - by the experts, even contemplating a cull of badgers is inconsevable. Also, why not vaccinate Milking Cows, and Bulls none of which will be exported.
        and why not vaccinate badgers. Wake up to reality.
        Yvonne Anthony

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