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100th badger vaccinated

Thursday 31st August 2017

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust vaccinated their 100th badger of the year 100th badger to be vaccinated this year, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We've just vaccinated the 100th badger of the year!

We've just vaccinated the 100th badger of the year.

Our dedicated team of vaccinators have been out vaccinating badgers all week and have now brought the total number of badgers vaccinated this year in Derbyshire to 104! 

We are ensuring badgers in the county are vaccinated against Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a bid to convince the Government that vaccination is far more effective and ethical than the badger cull.

The Trust developed the badger vaccination programme with a number of partners including the National Trust and the Derbyshire Badger Groups, and have been working with famers and landowners to vaccinate badgers across Derbyshire since 2014. Last year the Government supply of Tb vaccine was pulled because of a global shortage. The vaccine was needed to vaccinate humans and couldn’t be spared for badger vaccination programmes in the UK.

We are ensuring badgers in the county are vaccinated against Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in a bid to convince the Government that vaccination is far more effective and ethical than the badger cull.

Undeterred, we managed to source a supply of the Bovine TB vaccine from Canada earlier this year and twelve dedicated volunteers were trained in the new vaccine delivery system so Derbyshire’s vaccination programme could continue.

Tim Birch,  Head of Living Landscapes North said, “All the hard work is paying off. Sourcing the vaccine at the start of the year has now meant that our dedicated volunteers have been able to vaccinate over 100 badgers across Derbyshire. We have more vaccinations scheduled in other areas of Derbyshire in the coming weeks so this total is set to continue to rise. Progress is also being made on a national level with ongoing discussions about restarting the Government vaccination programme for 2018, how this would work and how it would be funded.”

“We believe the Government is committed to securing vaccine for badger vaccination programmes in 2018 and funding this programme. Here in Derbyshire we are proving that vaccination is effective in the fight against Bovine tuberculosis and as a result we want to see vaccination rolled out across the UK rather than the cull. We have over 80 volunteers helping us deliver our vaccination programme with many more wanting to join and help us which is fantastic. We want to see our model of volunteer led vaccination, supported by the Government, rolled out across the country instead of shooting badgers.” 

 

Vaccinations will continue throughout the autumn and we are keen to hear from any landowners who would like them to vaccinate badgers on their land.

It costs almost 20 times less to vaccinate badgers rather than shoot them so it makes financial sense. Culling badgers can also cause bTB to increase in an area according to scientific studies in what is known as the perturbation effect. Also vaccinating badgers is receiving strong public support and does not require any police to ensure it takes place compared to the cull.

To find out what is happening nationally, please see http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/badger-cull. The Wildlife Trusts are firmly opposed to the badger cull.