Dorset spared badger cull - for now

Dorset spared badger cull - for now

Dorset spared badger cull - for now

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WILDLIFE campaigners have said news that a controversial badger cull will not be coming to Dorset is a 'huge relief'.

But culls are to be continued where pilot programmes were carried out last year in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The news came as part of an announcement by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson following the publication of recommendations by an independent expert panel.

But Dorset - where farmers largely support a cull to combat Bovine TB - could still see culls introduced in 2015 or beyond.

The panel recommended a series of changes to made to improve the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of culling in the existing licensed areas.

The changes will continue to be monitored to assess their impact before further decisions are taken on more badger cull licences.

Mr Paterson said: "The four year culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire are pilots and we always expected to learn lessons from them.

"It is crucial we get this right. That is why we are taking a responsible approach, accepting recommendations from experts to make the pilots better.

"Doing nothing is not an option. Bovine TB is a terrible disease which is devastating our cattle and dairy industries and causing misery for many people in rural communities. We need to do everything we can, as set out in our Strategy, to make England TB free.

A spokesman for campaign group Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare said: "News that Dorset will be spared for now is a huge relief for the county and Dorset campaigners have pledged their full support to groups in the cull zones."

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2:20pm Thu 3 Apr 14

uvox44 says...

Thank goodness that this utterly discredited cull (scientifically unsound, financially unsound and morally unsound) will not be coming to our fair county this year (and realistically never , despite Owen Patersons vague suggestion ) . Sadly more wildlife will be killed and more taxpayers money wasted by going ahead with a second year of killing in West Somerset and Gloucester, in the face of massive public protest and all logic, purely as a way of "saving face" and as a sop to the all powerful NFU. Hopefully farmers in Dorset will now reject culling and work with groups such as the one named above to develop a vaccination strategy that will work.
Thank goodness that this utterly discredited cull (scientifically unsound, financially unsound and morally unsound) will not be coming to our fair county this year (and realistically never , despite Owen Patersons vague suggestion ) . Sadly more wildlife will be killed and more taxpayers money wasted by going ahead with a second year of killing in West Somerset and Gloucester, in the face of massive public protest and all logic, purely as a way of "saving face" and as a sop to the all powerful NFU. Hopefully farmers in Dorset will now reject culling and work with groups such as the one named above to develop a vaccination strategy that will work. uvox44
  • Score: 16

4:57pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Tinker2 says...

Excellent, spare the poor badgers, they get a bad press. Now, as for cats, well on the news that they can infect us with TB, are we going to see a ministry led nationwide cull of cats next??
Excellent, spare the poor badgers, they get a bad press. Now, as for cats, well on the news that they can infect us with TB, are we going to see a ministry led nationwide cull of cats next?? Tinker2
  • Score: 2

10:18pm Thu 3 Apr 14

rogerout says...

Pleased that for the moment you have a reprieve from the slaughter of Healthy Wildlife. Paterson is totally prejudiced against science and contemptuous of democracy. As he continues to bypass the expert Scientific advice offered. This IEP highlights the degree of inhumaneness of this last killing exercise. But Paterson has effectively put two fingers up to all and intends to spend more taxpayers money on a repeat of the same. in Somerset and Glos.
All help from Dorset for Badger and Bovine welfare group and others will certainly be appreciated . Look into facebook when you are passing. Badger Army for direct action
Pleased that for the moment you have a reprieve from the slaughter of Healthy Wildlife. Paterson is totally prejudiced against science and contemptuous of democracy. As he continues to bypass the expert Scientific advice offered. This IEP highlights the degree of inhumaneness of this last killing exercise. But Paterson has effectively put two fingers up to all and intends to spend more taxpayers money on a repeat of the same. in Somerset and Glos. All help from Dorset for Badger and Bovine welfare group and others will certainly be appreciated . Look into facebook when you are passing. Badger Army for direct action rogerout
  • Score: 6

10:22pm Thu 3 Apr 14

rogerout says...

Tinker2 7 cats were infected and all had bite marks, certainly not Badgers and a nearby farm had BOVINE TB. my view cats were infected by rodents. this all happened a year ago , but was part of the Paterson propoganda.
Tinker2 7 cats were infected and all had bite marks, certainly not Badgers and a nearby farm had BOVINE TB. my view cats were infected by rodents. this all happened a year ago , but was part of the Paterson propoganda. rogerout
  • Score: 4

10:49pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Tinker2 says...

rogerout wrote:
Tinker2 7 cats were infected and all had bite marks, certainly not Badgers and a nearby farm had BOVINE TB. my view cats were infected by rodents. this all happened a year ago , but was part of the Paterson propoganda.
Rodents biting cats? what sort of wussy **** are those?
[quote][p][bold]rogerout[/bold] wrote: Tinker2 7 cats were infected and all had bite marks, certainly not Badgers and a nearby farm had BOVINE TB. my view cats were infected by rodents. this all happened a year ago , but was part of the Paterson propoganda.[/p][/quote]Rodents biting cats? what sort of wussy **** are those? Tinker2
  • Score: -2

1:11pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Get a grip says...

Is anyone able to tell me why badgers appear to die in the gutter of main roads?
Is anyone able to tell me why badgers appear to die in the gutter of main roads? Get a grip
  • Score: 0

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