Badger cull protesters to march through Dorchester

Dorset Echo: Badger cull protesters to march through Dorchester Badger cull protesters to march through Dorchester

CAMPAIGNERS protesting against the badger cull will march through Dorchester on Saturday May 17.

Organised by Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare (DBBW), and supported by national wildlife charities Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust, organisers want people of all ages to take part in a walk through the town centre. Speakers will include leading anti-cull spokesperson Dominic Dyer and Dorset Badger Vaccination Project.

Andrew Butler from DBBW said: “The public have shown time and again that they are dead against these culls and the science has shown that they are a waste of time, money and lives.

" We encourage people to join us for the march in Dorchester and to get actively involved in protecting badgers and bovines by stopping the cull and promoting vaccination of badgers, improved biosecurity on farms and stricter cattle movement controls”.

Dominic Dyer, CEO of the Badger Trust and Policy Advisor to Care for the Wild, said: “I’ve worked in the agriculture and food industry for most of my career, and this is the worst agricultural policy I’ve seen in 30 years.

"I’m sympathetic to farmers, but culling badgers simply won’t work. Ordinary people from around the country have come out to protest against this barbaric cull, and we’re looking forward to seeing many of them come to Dorchester.

“The facts are stacked against a cull. Badgers may pass TB to cattle, but they originally caught it from the cattle themselves – both the origin of this disease and the ultimate solution come from improving farming practices, not killing wildlife – and we’re already seeing the evidence for that. Second, the vast majority of scientific opinion says culling is a pointless exercise which could lead to an increase in the spread of TB. Thirdly, the culls have so far cost over £4000 per dead badger - a disgusting waste of money in every sense. The time has come to stop the cull once and for all.”

But farmers claim Dorset could lose its dairy farming industry if steps are not taken to combat bovine TB.

Meurig Raymond, president of the NFU, spoke out on a visit to the Dorset farm owned by Paul Gould, the county chairman of the union last month.

It followed a devastating herd test revealing a quarter of Mr Gould’s in-calf animals will have to be slaughtered.

Mr Raymond said the NFU will be doubling its efforts to lobby the government to roll out a badger cull in affected counties to tackle a ‘reservoir of disease’ in wildlife.

Mr Gould has farmed a closed herd for more than half a decade, meaning all of the cattle are born and bred on his North Dorset farm.

He believes the source of infection could therefore only come from wildlife.

Mr Raymond said government politics concerning the cull are causing ‘immense anger and frustration’ among farmers.

He added: “Farmers can’t understand how politics has taken over sensible decision making.

“I am calling on the government to have strength in their convictions and drive this policy forward to give farmers hope for the future. Other countries have eradicated the disease, and we need to look to them.

“We will keep fighting.”

The NFU is supportive of badger vaccination, Mr Raymond added, but believes this can only be effective in clean animals living in edge areas, unlike Dorset in which the disease is ‘endemic’.

“We want healthy cattle and healthy wildlife. Consumers nowadays want to see cows out in pastures, but sadly that is where they are most vulnerable because they are coming into contact with diseased wildlife.”

The event takes place between 12-3pm, starting in Borough Gardens before marching down High West Street, with speeches in South Street.

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11:04am Fri 9 May 14

cj07589 says...

The protest should be renamed "TB for cattle, **** them and the farmers welfare"
The protest should be renamed "TB for cattle, **** them and the farmers welfare" cj07589
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11:39am Fri 9 May 14

bargain price says...

NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!.
NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!. bargain price
  • Score: 7

12:26pm Fri 9 May 14

cj07589 says...

bargain price wrote:
NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!.
Rubbish so that explains why NZ have made massive progress on managing the problem through countrywide culling of TB carrying verim and careful heard management. This is science based facts not airy fairy nimbe bleeding heart driven opinion. Clearly this lot don't mind putting British Farmers out of business through sheer ignorance of science and best agricultural practice.
[quote][p][bold]bargain price[/bold] wrote: NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!.[/p][/quote]Rubbish so that explains why NZ have made massive progress on managing the problem through countrywide culling of TB carrying verim and careful heard management. This is science based facts not airy fairy nimbe bleeding heart driven opinion. Clearly this lot don't mind putting British Farmers out of business through sheer ignorance of science and best agricultural practice. cj07589
  • Score: -6

4:43pm Fri 9 May 14

bargain price says...

There is NO science fact to support that badgers are spreading TB anyone that people. How come a place with no badges can still get TB in cattle ? . We need a better way for control that going out killing things because we can
There is NO science fact to support that badgers are spreading TB anyone that people. How come a place with no badges can still get TB in cattle ? . We need a better way for control that going out killing things because we can bargain price
  • Score: 6

5:34pm Fri 9 May 14

sjc100 says...

bargain price wrote:
NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!.
cattle have to have movement tests
[quote][p][bold]bargain price[/bold] wrote: NFU only a count for a small number of farmer's, lets not forget that cows themselves carry TB so with all the moment of cattle nowadays who to say the farmers themselves are not bring on the farms. any hoof animals in than case should be kill, but it easier to blame badgers than to look at why!!!.[/p][/quote]cattle have to have movement tests sjc100
  • Score: 4

7:56pm Fri 9 May 14

JackJohnson says...

"Ordinary people from around the country have come out to protest against this barbaric cull"

Seems more like an emotional response rather than a rational application of statistics, evidence and science.

There's a reason that farmers used to gas badger setts. It was the easiest way to control the badger population. It worked then, it'll work now if only it was allowed. Far better than uncontrolled population growth in what is, effectively, a top predator.
"Ordinary people from around the country have come out to protest against this barbaric cull" Seems more like an emotional response rather than a rational application of statistics, evidence and science. There's a reason that farmers used to gas badger setts. It was the easiest way to control the badger population. It worked then, it'll work now if only it was allowed. Far better than uncontrolled population growth in what is, effectively, a top predator. JackJohnson
  • Score: -6

5:30pm Sat 10 May 14

rogerout says...

SJC 100 -Cattle movement tests. first the Cattle Bovine TB test is ineffective, missing 1 in 5 or 20% of those tested. ho remain in the herd carrying the BTB infection with them , or they could be sold to another Farm as having passed the test. But remaining infected.
Not all Cattle are subject to movement testing . Some 180 Cattle were sold at a Cheshire Market in FEB. on dispersal to 28 other farms in England , Scotland and Wales. they subsequently turned out to have BTB, and proved very difficult for the Authorities to trace quickly.
this is the problem with the competence level of those involved in this killing of Badgers. The test is ineffective, it is not carried out on all cattle, and at different time intervals on others.
SJC 100 -Cattle movement tests. first the Cattle Bovine TB test is ineffective, missing 1 in 5 or 20% of those tested. ho remain in the herd carrying the BTB infection with them , or they could be sold to another Farm as having passed the test. But remaining infected. Not all Cattle are subject to movement testing . Some 180 Cattle were sold at a Cheshire Market in FEB. on dispersal to 28 other farms in England , Scotland and Wales. they subsequently turned out to have BTB, and proved very difficult for the Authorities to trace quickly. this is the problem with the competence level of those involved in this killing of Badgers. The test is ineffective, it is not carried out on all cattle, and at different time intervals on others. rogerout
  • Score: 1

5:38pm Sat 10 May 14

rogerout says...

The recent cull of Badgers was labelled by the Independent Expert Panel set up by Government as "Ineffective and Inhumane"
“10.4.5. It is extremely likely that between 7.4% and 22.8% of badgers that were shot
at were still alive after 5 min, and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We
are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply.

No testing of those Badgers killed for Bovine TB was undertaken.

Good people of Dorchester join the March on Saturday 17th May. And show your support for an end to badger killing, and your support for the long term eradication of Bovine TB using a comprehensive science based and humane programme. Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB.
The recent cull of Badgers was labelled by the Independent Expert Panel set up by Government as "Ineffective and Inhumane" “10.4.5. It is extremely likely that between 7.4% and 22.8% of badgers that were shot at were still alive after 5 min, and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply. No testing of those Badgers killed for Bovine TB was undertaken. Good people of Dorchester join the March on Saturday 17th May. And show your support for an end to badger killing, and your support for the long term eradication of Bovine TB using a comprehensive science based and humane programme. Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB. rogerout
  • Score: 0

9:40am Sun 11 May 14

MinJam says...

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http://farmerdavidba rton.wordpress.com/2 014/05/09/trying-to- express-the-inexpres sible/ MinJam
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11:40am Sun 11 May 14

MinJam says...

Rogerout
Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB.
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Vaccination has shown NO such thing. Go and ask the chief vet.

The do-it-yourself programme seems to be working well though.
Rogerout Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB. .................... .................... .................... ... Vaccination has shown NO such thing. Go and ask the chief vet. The do-it-yourself programme seems to be working well though. MinJam
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3:21pm Sun 11 May 14

bargain price says...

MinJam wrote:
Rogerout
Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB.
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Vaccination has shown NO such thing. Go and ask the chief vet.

The do-it-yourself programme seems to be working well though.
what a load of BULL
[quote][p][bold]MinJam[/bold] wrote: Rogerout Wales is already inits third year of such a programme, including badger Vaccination. In 12 months that programme has shown a 33% reduction in Cattle slaughtered for Bovine TB. .................... .................... .................... ... Vaccination has shown NO such thing. Go and ask the chief vet. The do-it-yourself programme seems to be working well though.[/p][/quote]what a load of BULL bargain price
  • Score: 0

3:49pm Sun 11 May 14

MinJam says...

http://www.farmersgu
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“Vaccination in the IAA is one small part of Wales,” she said. “We have seen a reduction in the IAA but it is in line with the rest of the trend in Wales so there is nothing different. It will probably be up to five years before we see a benefit in the cattle.”
http://www.farmersgu ardian.com/home/hot- topics/bovine-tb/tes ting-not-vaccination -driving-welsh-tb-de cline-cvo/62983.arti cle “Vaccination in the IAA is one small part of Wales,” she said. “We have seen a reduction in the IAA but it is in line with the rest of the trend in Wales so there is nothing different. It will probably be up to five years before we see a benefit in the cattle.” MinJam
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11:59am Mon 12 May 14

rogerout says...

well Min Jam, In February some 100 cattle were sold at a Chester market and dispersed to 28 Farms in England, Scotland and wales. No Movement testing was done prior to sale. The herd was Bovine TB infected and AHVLA has had difficulties in tracing all the Cattle sold. How quickly do you want BTB to spread to previously TB free cattle and wildlife areas. By this sort of action.
The Cull failed it was ineffective and Inhumane. And very likely spread Bovine TB over a wider area.
“10.4.5. It is extremely likely that between 7.4% and 22.8% of badgers that were shot
at were still alive after 5 min, and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We
are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply.
A very recent MAY 2014 report by PLOS One clearly indicates from evidence gathered. The very real risk of enhanced spread of BTB, by culling and disturbance of Social groups.
Yes it is Necessary by humane science to eradicate BOVINE TB but any continuation of the Politics by Government and the NFU will not achieve that. Two years plus have been wasted , expensive, controversial and ineffective. whatever you wish to say about Wales they are now in their third year of a science based complete programme including( but not solely dependent upon Badger Vaccination) and have in ONE year reduced cattle slaughter from BTB by 33%. 0ver 2000 badgers Vaccinated, with no visible signs of BTB infection found.
well Min Jam, In February some 100 cattle were sold at a Chester market and dispersed to 28 Farms in England, Scotland and wales. No Movement testing was done prior to sale. The herd was Bovine TB infected and AHVLA has had difficulties in tracing all the Cattle sold. How quickly do you want BTB to spread to previously TB free cattle and wildlife areas. By this sort of action. The Cull failed it was ineffective and Inhumane. And very likely spread Bovine TB over a wider area. “10.4.5. It is extremely likely that between 7.4% and 22.8% of badgers that were shot at were still alive after 5 min, and therefore at risk of experiencing marked pain. We are concerned at the potential for suffering that these figures imply. A very recent MAY 2014 report by PLOS One clearly indicates from evidence gathered. The very real risk of enhanced spread of BTB, by culling and disturbance of Social groups. Yes it is Necessary by humane science to eradicate BOVINE TB but any continuation of the Politics by Government and the NFU will not achieve that. Two years plus have been wasted , expensive, controversial and ineffective. whatever you wish to say about Wales they are now in their third year of a science based complete programme including( but not solely dependent upon Badger Vaccination) and have in ONE year reduced cattle slaughter from BTB by 33%. 0ver 2000 badgers Vaccinated, with no visible signs of BTB infection found. rogerout
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Mon 12 May 14

MinJam says...

0ver 2000 badgers Vaccinated, with no visible signs of BTB infection found.
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Were the post mortem examinations done before or after vaccinating the badgers?
0ver 2000 badgers Vaccinated, with no visible signs of BTB infection found. ................. Were the post mortem examinations [the only way to know whether lesions are present or not] done before or after vaccinating the badgers? MinJam
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Mon 12 May 14

MinJam says...

http://bovinetb.blog
spot.co.uk/2014/04/c
omfort-blanket.html

snip
Subsequently, it was found that the Cumbria area had its own TB type. The spoligotype was the same as one of the Midlands outbreaks, but the VNTR typing was different.

This type was found in badgers and cattle from the area and I believe that all the outbreaks from elsewhere with this type (that could be traced), traced back to Cumbria.
http://bovinetb.blog spot.co.uk/2014/04/c omfort-blanket.html snip Subsequently, it was found that the Cumbria area had its own TB type. The spoligotype was the same as one of the Midlands outbreaks, but the VNTR typing was different. This type was found in badgers and cattle from the area and I believe that all the outbreaks from elsewhere with this type (that could be traced), traced back to Cumbria. MinJam
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11:24pm Wed 14 May 14

DorsetBBW says...

There is a march in Dorchester on Saturday at 12, meet at Borough gardens. There will be members of the vaccination group there to promote vaccination of badgers for landowners who believe there is significant risk of transmission of bTB from badgers to cattle. Those who believe that it would be better to concentrate on other measures to solve this problem will also be able to have their say. There will be guest speakers and refreshments available. Please come and support your wildlife.
There is a march in Dorchester on Saturday at 12, meet at Borough gardens. There will be members of the vaccination group there to promote vaccination of badgers for landowners who believe there is significant risk of transmission of bTB from badgers to cattle. Those who believe that it would be better to concentrate on other measures to solve this problem will also be able to have their say. There will be guest speakers and refreshments available. Please come and support your wildlife. DorsetBBW
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9:40am Thu 15 May 14

MinJam says...

Try supporting farmers, they feed the world.

Ask for PCR testing so that ONLY diseases badgers can be euthanased.
Try supporting farmers, they feed the world. Ask for PCR testing so that ONLY diseases badgers can be euthanased. MinJam
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