Wildlife campaigners welcome MPs vote to halt to badger culling

Bournemouth Echo: Wildlife campaigners welcome MPs vote to halt to badger culling Wildlife campaigners welcome MPs vote to halt to badger culling

WILDLIFE campaigners have welcomed what could be the first steps to halting a badger cull in Dorset.

At a debate in the House of Commons, 219 MPs voted in favour of a motion put forward by MP Anne Main to halt the government’s policy on badger culling.

The success of the backbench motion does not mean the government will halt the cull.

Pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year ended in failure, Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) said.

Dorset was earmarked as a reserve site in case either of the test culls last year could not go ahead. Dorset’s Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said in January that a cull would probably happen in Dorset next year.

Simon Cripps, chief executive of DWT, said: “Dorset Wildlife Trust’s understanding from Defra is that if badger culling continues despite the failure of the pilots, it would be highly likely to start in Dorset in 2014, so now is the time for government to make the hard – but right – decision to end culling and back a vaccination plan.”

But Paul Gould, Dorset National Farmers Union (NFU) county chairman, said an effective live vaccine could be years away and denied the pilot culls had failed to reach their targets.

He added: “There continues to be a high expression of interest from Dorset farmers, and across the country, of culling badgers.

“My own herd are being TB tested in three weeks’ time and it is so stressful.

“It distresses the animals and the vets hate it because it means giving farmers news that could collapse their business.”

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11:09am Mon 17 Mar 14

we-shall-see says...

When will the government and the farmers realise that this disease is called BOVINE TB - not badger tb - therefore, it needs to be eradicated from the bovine herds to stop them transmitting it to the badgers - NOT VICE VERSA!!!

Vaccination is NOT years away - that is just bull s**t and as excuse to rid their farms of badgers & their setts because of their protected nature, it impacts on the use of the land ......

VACCINATION OF BOTH CATTLE & BADGERS IS ACHIEVABLE NOW, SO WHY NOT JUST GET ON WITH IT!!!
When will the government and the farmers realise that this disease is called BOVINE TB - not badger tb - therefore, it needs to be eradicated from the bovine herds to stop them transmitting it to the badgers - NOT VICE VERSA!!! Vaccination is NOT years away - that is just bull s**t and as excuse to rid their farms of badgers & their setts because of their protected nature, it impacts on the use of the land ...... VACCINATION OF BOTH CATTLE & BADGERS IS ACHIEVABLE NOW, SO WHY NOT JUST GET ON WITH IT!!! we-shall-see
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11:17am Mon 17 Mar 14

eyesropen says...

What rot from Paul Gould. I have been involved in TB testing cattle myself. It is no more stressful for the cattle than any other routine procedures and less than some. In fact they barely notice it. Playing the animal cruelty card when he is quite happy to shoot badgers not knowing whether or not they have been killed outright is just ridiculous. The sooner the badger vaccination project is rolled out and the sooner farmers improve their own biosecurity and farm (and livestock market) hygiene the sooner they can stop worrying about their herds. My understanding from reading the research is that the cattle vaccine is not far off at all. The main sticking point is the european and chinese markets preventing meat from vaccinated animals being sold there at the moment, but that is not an insurmountable problem.
What rot from Paul Gould. I have been involved in TB testing cattle myself. It is no more stressful for the cattle than any other routine procedures and less than some. In fact they barely notice it. Playing the animal cruelty card when he is quite happy to shoot badgers not knowing whether or not they have been killed outright is just ridiculous. The sooner the badger vaccination project is rolled out and the sooner farmers improve their own biosecurity and farm (and livestock market) hygiene the sooner they can stop worrying about their herds. My understanding from reading the research is that the cattle vaccine is not far off at all. The main sticking point is the european and chinese markets preventing meat from vaccinated animals being sold there at the moment, but that is not an insurmountable problem. eyesropen
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