'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull

Dorset Echo: 'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull 'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull

DORSET is once again facing the possibility of a badger cull in the county.

Following reports that a cull is set to be rolled out in Dorset later this year, the Department for Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted that ‘no decision has been made’.

The results of the trial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire have yet to be officially released but opponents say they missed targets on how many badgers were killed, and that some were killed inhumanely.

Farmers in Dorset are broadly in support of bringing a cull to the county, where livestock has been badly affected by bovine TB.

Dorset was a reserve site in case either of the trial culls last year could not go ahead.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust, which has begun its own programme of vaccinating badgers, welcomed news last week that MPs supported a motion put forward in the House of Commons to halt the policy on culling.

But culls could still go ahead, despite the success of the motion.

A spokesperson for Defra said: “Bovine TB is the most pressing animal health problem in the UK and causing untold misery to our beef and dairy farmers.

“The Government remains determined to tackle bovine TB by all available means which is why we have outlined a 25 year plan to eradicate this disease by addressing infection in both cattle and wildlife which was debated and approved by Parliament last year. 

“We are considering the findings of the independent expert panel before a decision is made on making further licences to cull badgers available.”
 

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2:52pm Mon 24 Mar 14

rogerout says...

Every single person in this Country understands the need to achieve the long term eradication of Bovine TB. Most understand that with an infectious disease that it can only be achieved by adopting a Science based humane way forward. You cannot cure an infectious disease with a bullet. Some however are taking too long to arrive at that fact.
Welsh Government Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has said a "science-led" approach to eradicating bovine TB was working better in Wales than in England. Mr Davies said the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales in the last year was down 33% and that the equivalent statistic for the rest of Great Britain was 14%. The Chief Veterinary Office for Wales has indicated that the main factor in the reduction of TB in Wales last year was not considered to be as a result of Badger Vaccination, but to the more rigorous Cattle testing/movement and bio security introduced. So to vaccinate Badgers is a positive input to any BTB eradication programme.
If a scientific, humane operation can be conducted in every other part of the UK—why can’t DEFRA. If 219 MP’s vote against further Culling- why is that call from the electorate ignored? We all know the science, programme and results to date from Wales. Their Minister recently referred to “the breath-taking incompetence of DEFRA”. Let no one underestimate that.
Let us hope that the Government announcement to be made on this Badger killing exercise recognises all these facts. And abandons its Politics in favour of a humane science based Bovine Tb eradication programme, for both Cattle and Wildlife. Dorset you have not so far been involved on your doorstep with Badger Culling . So it is time to e-mail your MP with your views. Bovine TB can be eradicated/controlle
d humanely by Science.
Every single person in this Country understands the need to achieve the long term eradication of Bovine TB. Most understand that with an infectious disease that it can only be achieved by adopting a Science based humane way forward. You cannot cure an infectious disease with a bullet. Some however are taking too long to arrive at that fact. Welsh Government Natural Resources Minister Alun Davies has said a "science-led" approach to eradicating bovine TB was working better in Wales than in England. Mr Davies said the number of cattle slaughtered in Wales in the last year was down 33% and that the equivalent statistic for the rest of Great Britain was 14%. The Chief Veterinary Office for Wales has indicated that the main factor in the reduction of TB in Wales last year was not considered to be as a result of Badger Vaccination, but to the more rigorous Cattle testing/movement and bio security introduced. So to vaccinate Badgers is a positive input to any BTB eradication programme. If a scientific, humane operation can be conducted in every other part of the UK—why can’t DEFRA. If 219 MP’s vote against further Culling- why is that call from the electorate ignored? We all know the science, programme and results to date from Wales. Their Minister recently referred to “the breath-taking incompetence of DEFRA”. Let no one underestimate that. Let us hope that the Government announcement to be made on this Badger killing exercise recognises all these facts. And abandons its Politics in favour of a humane science based Bovine Tb eradication programme, for both Cattle and Wildlife. Dorset you have not so far been involved on your doorstep with Badger Culling . So it is time to e-mail your MP with your views. Bovine TB can be eradicated/controlle d humanely by Science. rogerout
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