Derbyshire is currently being targeted as one of 10 counties that will be a part of the extended badger cull programme despite Derbyshire Wildlife Trust running the largest badger vaccination programme in the UK. To bring the cull to Derbyshire would undo all the hard work that has taken place over the last six years.
Nigel Mills MP said “I recognise that TB in cattle is of great concern to farmers, and I do believe that we do need to find a solution to this problem. I am of course against any sort of cruelty towards animals, and was delighted to see effective vaccination in action yesterday morning.
Given there is no current TB problem in Amber Valley, I now understand that vaccination is a more effective solution and better for badgers, I cannot see any need for any culling in this area. I will support more funding for vaccination so the programme can be extended, and will oppose badger culling wherever possible.”