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2017-09-11 18:43:12
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So saddened and angry to hear this. Beautiful creatures who do nothing wrong. Can't help but wonder who actually MAKES all these awful decisions.
Anonymous 11, Sep 2017 @ 18:43
So saddened and angry to hear this. Beautiful creatures who do nothing wrong. Can't help but wonder who actually MAKES all these awful decisions.
2017-09-11 20:50:40
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It's not just Badgers that carry this Bovine Tuberculosis Deer and Foxes do and so do cattle themselves, why destroy these .Beautiful creatures. They will be the next Animal that Man has made extinct.
Anonymous 11, Sep 2017 @ 20:50
It's not just Badgers that carry this Bovine Tuberculosis Deer and Foxes do and so do cattle themselves, why destroy these .Beautiful creatures. They will be the next Animal that Man has made extinct.
2017-09-11 23:59:53
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"Sadly, the vaccine supplies were cut in 2016"

May I ask in what way the supplies were cut?
Anonymous 11, Sep 2017 @ 23:59
"Sadly, the vaccine supplies were cut in 2016"

May I ask in what way the supplies were cut?
2017-09-12 09:34:52
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We were told that the supplies had been cut due to a national shortage of the vaccination, which had to be prioritised for human use. We are hoping to start our vaccination programme up again in 2018.
Dorset Wildlife Trust 12, Sep 2017 @ 09:34
We were told that the supplies had been cut due to a national shortage of the vaccination, which had to be prioritised for human use. We are hoping to start our vaccination programme up again in 2018.
2017-09-15 11:45:23
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We were told that the supplies had been cut due to a national shortage of the vaccination, which had to be prioritised for human use. We are hoping to start our vaccination programme up again in 2018.~ The Dorset Wildlife Trust Team
Dorset Wildlife Trust 15, Sep 2017 @ 11:45
We were told that the supplies had been cut due to a national shortage of the vaccination, which had to be prioritised for human use. We are hoping to start our vaccination programme up again in 2018.~ The Dorset Wildlife Trust Team
2017-09-13 14:01:00
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Stop this now
Anonymous 13, Sep 2017 @ 14:01
Stop this now
2017-10-06 15:22:38
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I work in the dairy industry and we need this cull. I am amazed that people are angry to see badgers culled but seem happy to have cows, often nearly full-term pregnant, slaughtered with live calves inside them. There are just far too many badgers. However, I also think that the cull is misplaced in culling healthy badgers. It needs to target the sick ones and leave the healthy ones alone.
Anonymous 6, Oct 2017 @ 15:22
I work in the dairy industry and we need this cull. I am amazed that people are angry to see badgers culled but seem happy to have cows, often nearly full-term pregnant, slaughtered with live calves inside them. There are just far too many badgers. However, I also think that the cull is misplaced in culling healthy badgers. It needs to target the sick ones and leave the healthy ones alone.
2017-10-06 16:23:34
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Good to hear from a dairy farmer. We agree that there is no value in killing thousands of healthy badgers and are disappointed with the government that they are conducting no tests on even the culled badgers to give us all more information to judge the best way forward. As to your other point - the cull isn't because there are too many badgers, it is to try and control bTB in cattle, though we believe that view is what really lies behind the cull.
Dorset Wildlife Trust 6, Oct 2017 @ 16:23
Good to hear from a dairy farmer. We agree that there is no value in killing thousands of healthy badgers and are disappointed with the government that they are conducting no tests on even the culled badgers to give us all more information to judge the best way forward. As to your other point - the cull isn't because there are too many badgers, it is to try and control bTB in cattle, though we believe that view is what really lies behind the cull.
2017-10-06 16:23:36
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Good to hear from a dairy farmer. We agree that there is no value in killing thousands of healthy badgers and are disappointed with the government that they are conducting no tests on even the culled badgers to give us all more information to judge the best way forward. As to your other point - the cull isn't because there are too many badgers, it is to try and control bTB in cattle, though we believe that view is what really lies behind the cull.
Dorset Wildlife Trust 6, Oct 2017 @ 16:23
Good to hear from a dairy farmer. We agree that there is no value in killing thousands of healthy badgers and are disappointed with the government that they are conducting no tests on even the culled badgers to give us all more information to judge the best way forward. As to your other point - the cull isn't because there are too many badgers, it is to try and control bTB in cattle, though we believe that view is what really lies behind the cull.
2017-10-06 16:01:48
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What's the point of having scientific EVIDENCE if government and farmers refuse to accept it? The Irish experiment with badger culling did nothing to stop bovine Tb. Scotland has badgers, no culling and no bovine Tb in cattle.
Anonymous 6, Oct 2017 @ 16:01
What's the point of having scientific EVIDENCE if government and farmers refuse to accept it? The Irish experiment with badger culling did nothing to stop bovine Tb. Scotland has badgers, no culling and no bovine Tb in cattle.
2017-10-06 21:21:41
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Tragic waste of these beautiful creatures. Where is the evidence that the slaughter is reducing bTB. Is there evidence from the last culls that the slaughtered animals are carrying bTB. Is it localised to areas of the south west. There are enough badger road casualties in this area near Wimborne. Understand the farmers dilema and sadness when affected cattle have to be slaughtered too. Need to see more evidence of the reduction in bovine TB related to a reduction in badgers after a cull.
Anonymous 6, Oct 2017 @ 21:21
Tragic waste of these beautiful creatures. Where is the evidence that the slaughter is reducing bTB. Is there evidence from the last culls that the slaughtered animals are carrying bTB. Is it localised to areas of the south west. There are enough badger road casualties in this area near Wimborne. Understand the farmers dilema and sadness when affected cattle have to be slaughtered too. Need to see more evidence of the reduction in bovine TB related to a reduction in badgers after a cull.
2017-10-07 11:41:54
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The Krebs Trial indicated "culling could reduce disease incidence by an average of 16% over nine years, although it could be higher or lower." (BBC News). However, the Krebs Trial trapped badgers in cages for the cull, as they do in Ireland I believe, whereas free shooting has been used instead in England, so those statistics may not apply. Indeed, free shooting may exacerbate the problem if infected badgers move away to uninfected areas. Really strict dairy farm bio-security, subsidised by the state is also essential. Dairy farmers are close to financial ruin anyway, and some are angry with the DWT over this. The UK's very significant wildlife conservation community should persuade the government to increase subsidies to the benighted dairy farmers on their bTB losses, instead of leaving them to self-finance the cheaper (short-term) option of culling. Also prompt DEFRA and NFU to look more carefully at the long-term cost-effectiveness for culling from the increasing evidence to the contrary. Ireland is moving to vaccination soon, which is interesting.
Anonymous 7, Oct 2017 @ 11:41
The Krebs Trial indicated "culling could reduce disease incidence by an average of 16% over nine years, although it could be higher or lower." (BBC News). However, the Krebs Trial trapped badgers in cages for the cull, as they do in Ireland I believe, whereas free shooting has been used instead in England, so those statistics may not apply. Indeed, free shooting may exacerbate the problem if infected badgers move away to uninfected areas. Really strict dairy farm bio-security, subsidised by the state is also essential. Dairy farmers are close to financial ruin anyway, and some are angry with the DWT over this. The UK's very significant wildlife conservation community should persuade the government to increase subsidies to the benighted dairy farmers on their bTB losses, instead of leaving them to self-finance the cheaper (short-term) option of culling. Also prompt DEFRA and NFU to look more carefully at the long-term cost-effectiveness for culling from the increasing evidence to the contrary. Ireland is moving to vaccination soon, which is interesting.
2017-10-07 11:45:53
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Does this work?
Anonymous 7, Oct 2017 @ 11:45
Does this work?
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