Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is supporting an online petition initiated by The Wildlife Trusts’ President Emeritus, Simon King OBE, calling for the withdrawal of licences that have been issued by Government to cull badgers, particularly in Dorset. Badger culling is a deeply flawed method for controlling the spread of the devastating bTB (bovine tuberculosis) disease in cattle.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is shocked and deeply saddened to learn the news that there will be a badger cull in Dorset this year, in a misguided attempt to control the spread of the devastating disease bovine tuberculosis (bTB). The conservation charity, with over 25,000 members will not allow badger culling on any of its 44 nature reserves throughout Dorset.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is disappointed to hear that applications have been submitted to Natural England to carry out badger culls in Dorset later this year.
Following the announcement made by MP Owen Paterson, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is pleased that the Government’s badger culling policy is not currently being rolled out to further areas in the UK, including Dorset.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) hopes that the first step to changing Government policy on badger culling has been taken, as a debate in the House of Commons saw 219 MPs vote in favour of the Government to drop culling, with only one who voted against it.
A five-year programme of badger vaccinations has started on selected Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) nature reserves to demonstrate that there is a safe, humane alternative to badger culling.
As we receive reports that shooting has started in Somerset, Dorset Wildlife Trust is deeply disappointed that the government is driving forward with the badger cull in these counties, despite the strength of scientific and public opinion against it.
It has been announced by Team Badger that the badger cull e-petition, which has been signed and promoted by Dorset Wildlife Trust and other organisations, has broken the record for the largest numbers of signatories ever to sign a H.M Government e-petition.
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) condemns a potential badger cull in the county, announced by Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson MP, as a reserve pilot cull area in case of problems with either of the proposed cull areas in Gloucestershire and Somerset. DWT is keen to find an effective, long term solution to the problem of Bovine TB (bTB), but urges the Government to put more effort into an effective vaccine instead of a cull.
Dorset Wildlife Trust urges the Government to listen to Parliament after MPs backed a motion calling on the Government to abandon its planned badger cull.
The Wildlife Trusts welcome the Environment Secretary’s announcement to delay the badger cull but are disappointed by his (economic) motives.
Ahead of a House of Commons debate on Thursday 25 October, Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging the Government to heed expert opinion and public feeling and call a halt to the imminent pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
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.