Dorset Wildlife Trust has expressed extreme disappointment at today’s Government announcement in favour of badger culling. Dorset’s largest conservation organisation joins with Wildlife Trusts across England in condemning a decision that ignores the main body of scientific evidence relating to culling.
Chief Executive speaks on the cull
Simon Cripps, Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: “We are very keen to find an effective, long term solution to the problem of Bovine TB (bTB), which is why we want the Government to put more effort into an effective vaccine instead of a cull. We have a great deal of sympathy for farmers who lose stock as a result of bTB and are acutely aware of the problems this disease causes in Dorset. However a badger cull is not the answer.”
Dorset Wildlife Trust believes bTB should be tackled on multiple fronts, including vaccines for badgers and cattle and use of all possible biosecurity measures to prevent transmission between cattle.
Dorset Wildlife Trust strongly supports the development of the bTB vaccine for cattle. It calls on the Government to show a clear commitment to ensuring this occurs and supports the subsequent wide-scale deployment. In June Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust embarked on the first trial of the injectable vaccine that is already available for badgers.
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Simon added: “Now that we have a vaccine for badgers, every effort should be put into putting it into use and to developing an oral vaccine that could be administered more effectively, and, into developing a vaccine for cattle. It is vital for wildlife that extensive cattle grazing remains economically viable. However, even at the Government’s own best estimates, a cull would only reduce bTB by 16%. It could actually make the problem worse by spreading the disease onto farms previously unaffected.”
You can read more on our position on the badger cull here and at the Wildlife Trusts website here http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/badgers-and-bovineTB
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For more information please contact Nicky Hoar at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Working for a secure future for Dorset’s wildlife enriching the quality of life Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
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