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Eradication of badgers is not the answer

Tuesday 23rd August 2016

Badger cull announcement, Elliott Neep Badger cull announcement, Elliott Neep

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust understands that the Government is set to announce an extension to the badger cull, as reported by the BBC earlier today – a decision the charity strongly condemns.

Jo Smith, Chief Executive at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust said, “We are firmly opposed to the badger cull and we are extremely concerned to hear about the proposed extension.

We are sympathetic to farmers whose cattle are affected by the devastating disease Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB) but we urge the Government to consider the scientific evidence which indicates that a cull will not reduce bovine TB in cattle.”

We urge the Government to consider the scientific evidence which indicates that a cull will not reduce bovine TB in cattle.

The conservation charity has been carrying out a badger vaccination programme across Derbyshire for the last three years – working with farmers and landowners to reduce bovine TB in a more humane way.

Jo added, “Derbyshire Wildlife Trust wants to see an end to this devastating disease but there are more effective ways of controlling bovine TB, for example using a comprehensive package of cattle measures: better biosecurity, stricter movement controls, improved bTB testing and development of a cattle vaccine – the eradication of badgers is not the answer.”

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s vaccination programme is one of 13 Wildlife Trust led vaccination schemes across the UK and no Wildlife Trust will allow culling on its land. To find out more about Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s programme, keep up to date with the latest project developments and results, please click here.

Badgers matter – what can you do?

The Trust is continuing to raise funds to support the vaccination programme. If you can help them with this important work, please do. You can donate via their website, www.derbyshirewildlifetrust.org.uk, by calling 01773 881188 or by text. To donate £1.50: WILD1 to 88833 or to donate £10 text WILD3 to 88833.