Dorset reserve site for controversial badger cull

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset reserve site for controversial badger cull Dorset reserve site for controversial badger cull

LAND in Dorset has been earmarked as a reserve site for controversial badger culls set to go ahead later this year.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has told MPs that culls are set to go ahead in West Gloucestershire and West Somerset after final licence conditions were met He said that a further area in Dorset has been earmarked as a reserve area in case one of the pilots cannot proceed, he added in a written statement to Parliament.

The pilot culls were postponed amid fears they could not be carried out effectively in autumn last year.

 

The monkeys have been given the keys to the banana cage - Badger cull licenses have been granted . Another dark day for British Wildlife .

— Chris Packham (@ChrisGPackham) February 27, 2013


But Mr Paterson said Natural England had written to the two companies set to carry out the pilots confirming that final conditions in their licences had been met ''meaning that culling can go ahead there later this year''.

The culls are aimed at tackling TB in cattle, which can be spread by badgers.

Mr Paterson said: ''I know there is great strength of feeling on badger culling, but I also know that we need to take action now before the situation deteriorates even further. We need to tackle all transmission routes of TB using all available tools.''

He said the pilots were ''part of the Government's science-led and carefully managed policy''. Mr Paterson said licences were issued to companies to carry out the pilot culls before they were postponed.

''Today, Natural England have formally written to the two companies confirming the final conditions in these licences have been met, meaning that culling can go ahead there later this year,'' he said.

''This demonstrates the commitment of all organisations involved to the successful delivery of the pilots in these two areas.

''At the same time, an area in Dorset will be prepared as a reserve. This is a sensible contingency in the event that, for any reason, one of the existing licensed areas is unable to proceed.''

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12:56pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Controversial But True says...

Sick!!!

Every animal has every right to live!!
Sick!!! Every animal has every right to live!! Controversial But True

1:19pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Pablo23 says...

Bagders are awesome.

I say keep the badgers and have less cows.
Everyones too scared to eat beef now anyways and I've always preferred goats milk.

I really don't see how badgers spread bovine TB but no other animals do?
Bagders are awesome. I say keep the badgers and have less cows. Everyones too scared to eat beef now anyways and I've always preferred goats milk. I really don't see how badgers spread bovine TB but no other animals do? Pablo23

1:22pm Wed 27 Feb 13

catfan says...

This is so wrong. Common sense says vaccinate the animals you want to protect - the cows -killing badgers will not prevent TB (if, in fact they are the so called reason for it). Unless every single badger is killed the whole shooting atrocity will be a waste of life, time and money.Birds, rabbits, etc will all carry disease - are we to kill everything?
Like many of the previous half cut ideas to get rid of 'pests' (giving rabbits myxomatosis - just look at that disaster and its legacy continues ) it will be another government backed idea causing suffering to animals and not succeeding in its aims. We should protest, protest, protest.
This is so wrong. Common sense says vaccinate the animals you want to protect - the cows -killing badgers will not prevent TB (if, in fact they are the so called reason for it). Unless every single badger is killed the whole shooting atrocity will be a waste of life, time and money.Birds, rabbits, etc will all carry disease - are we to kill everything? Like many of the previous half cut ideas to get rid of 'pests' (giving rabbits myxomatosis - just look at that disaster and its legacy continues ) it will be another government backed idea causing suffering to animals and not succeeding in its aims. We should protest, protest, protest. catfan

1:36pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Molecatcher says...

Why not... They could sell the culled badgers to Tesco to put into the value burgers. Every little helps, after all...
Why not... They could sell the culled badgers to Tesco to put into the value burgers. Every little helps, after all... Molecatcher

1:47pm Wed 27 Feb 13

H2o-hara says...

People carry more diseases than badgers !
People carry more diseases than badgers ! H2o-hara

2:16pm Wed 27 Feb 13

sea poole says...

Owen paterson -No experience of environmental issues, but as he's a lackey and boot-licker of Cameron, he'll do. And what if there's tangible strong link between TB and badgers? I guess it's just hard luck on those animals that have been 'culled' or is it 'kulled...killed'?
Bet the thought of that doesn't 'prey' on the Minister's mind when he's snoring in bed...
Owen paterson -No experience of environmental issues, but as he's a lackey and boot-licker of Cameron, he'll do. And what if there's tangible strong link between TB and badgers? I guess it's just hard luck on those animals that have been 'culled' or is it 'kulled...killed'? Bet the thought of that doesn't 'prey' on the Minister's mind when he's snoring in bed... sea poole

2:18pm Wed 27 Feb 13

MJD says...

Glad to see Dorset has seen the Light.
Glad to see Dorset has seen the Light. MJD

2:24pm Wed 27 Feb 13

eyesropen says...

All the science says the cull will have no meaningful long term impact on reducing BTb transmission & in fact disrupting badger populations may even cause a spread of it. Seriously, what's the matter with these idiots?!!
All the science says the cull will have no meaningful long term impact on reducing BTb transmission & in fact disrupting badger populations may even cause a spread of it. Seriously, what's the matter with these idiots?!! eyesropen

4:51pm Wed 27 Feb 13

sea poole says...

MJD-Pity you haven't...
MJD-Pity you haven't... sea poole

5:04pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Always a picture of a nice cuddly young badger. Never one of a gnarled, old, TB-spreading one eating voles (protected species) and trashing your garden!!
Always a picture of a nice cuddly young badger. Never one of a gnarled, old, TB-spreading one eating voles (protected species) and trashing your garden!! Letcommonsenseprevail

5:25pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Invisible says...

**** Tory scum!
**** Tory scum! Invisible

6:16pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Bournemouth2014 says...

Taking the easy option and just killing them! it may hold it off for a while but it wont end the issue. Its wrong and What i really want to write wouldnt get posted...
Taking the easy option and just killing them! it may hold it off for a while but it wont end the issue. Its wrong and What i really want to write wouldnt get posted... Bournemouth2014

6:53pm Wed 27 Feb 13

awsokend says...

Badgers are great much more interesting than cows.
badgers have fun they play hide and seek in the forest also they have a game of footie if there's enough players,
Cows are sad ,they stand under a tree all day long having a conversation with each other.
Badgers are great much more interesting than cows. badgers have fun they play hide and seek in the forest also they have a game of footie if there's enough players, Cows are sad ,they stand under a tree all day long having a conversation with each other. awsokend

7:14pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Mike Oxbig says...

awsokend wrote:
Badgers are great much more interesting than cows.
badgers have fun they play hide and seek in the forest also they have a game of footie if there's enough players,
Cows are sad ,they stand under a tree all day long having a conversation with each other.
Cool. I'll have some of what you're having!!!
[quote][p][bold]awsokend[/bold] wrote: Badgers are great much more interesting than cows. badgers have fun they play hide and seek in the forest also they have a game of footie if there's enough players, Cows are sad ,they stand under a tree all day long having a conversation with each other.[/p][/quote]Cool. I'll have some of what you're having!!! Mike Oxbig

7:15pm Wed 27 Feb 13

Rabbitman64 says...

Badgers are lovely animals and don't deserve this! It is again the useless NFU and the Tory Party that are advocating murder! Perhaps the Coalition Resistance should now move into this area and disrupte the culling in Somerset and Dorset. A new level of Tory Nastiness to add to Crawford's cull of Dorset Enterprises?
Badgers are lovely animals and don't deserve this! It is again the useless NFU and the Tory Party that are advocating murder! Perhaps the Coalition Resistance should now move into this area and disrupte the culling in Somerset and Dorset. A new level of Tory Nastiness to add to Crawford's cull of Dorset Enterprises? Rabbitman64

7:57pm Wed 27 Feb 13

EGHH says...

Has any tests been done on road kill badgers to see how far if at all BTB is spread by these animals? Has there been any investigation in farming practices to find out if that causes the spread of BTB?
Has any tests been done on road kill badgers to see how far if at all BTB is spread by these animals? Has there been any investigation in farming practices to find out if that causes the spread of BTB? EGHH

5:41am Thu 28 Feb 13

Phixer says...

Invisible wrote:
**** Tory scum!
Another educated response to a matter of importance to many.
[quote][p][bold]Invisible[/bold] wrote: **** Tory scum![/p][/quote]Another educated response to a matter of importance to many. Phixer

7:56am Thu 28 Feb 13

Crank says...

I wonder if anyone/group is considering direct action? Are the cull areas known? Lots of public opposition, vocal and physical without being illegal, might encourage a backtrack as - hey - votes might be lost. But I suppose the farmland concerned is all private? Just wonder if anyone knows of any plans.
I wonder if anyone/group is considering direct action? Are the cull areas known? Lots of public opposition, vocal and physical without being illegal, might encourage a backtrack as - hey - votes might be lost. But I suppose the farmland concerned is all private? Just wonder if anyone knows of any plans. Crank

11:50pm Thu 28 Feb 13

boudicas mum says...

Crank yes there is a group but not sure if i can post a website here. its badger (dash)killers. they are planning to go out in the fields, make noise to send the badgers away and other things. have a look, they are really good.
Crank yes there is a group but not sure if i can post a website here. its badger (dash)killers. they are planning to go out in the fields, make noise to send the badgers away and other things. have a look, they are really good. boudicas mum

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