'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull

Bournemouth Echo: 'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull 'No decision made' on Dorset badger cull

DORSET is once again facing the possibility of a badger cull in the county.

Following reports that a cull is set to be rolled out in Dorset later this year, the Department for Rural Affairs (Defra) has insisted that ‘no decision has been made’.

The results of the trial culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire have yet to be officially released but opponents say they missed targets on how many badgers were killed, and that some were killed inhumanely.

Farmers in Dorset are broadly in support of bringing a cull to the county, where livestock has been badly affected by bovine TB.

Dorset was a reserve site in case either of the trial culls last year could not go ahead.

The Dorset Wildlife Trust, which has begun its own programme of vaccinating badgers, welcomed news last week that MPs supported a motion put forward in the House of Commons to halt the policy on culling.

But culls could still go ahead, despite the success of the motion.

A spokesperson for Defra said: “Bovine TB is the most pressing animal health problem in the UK and causing untold misery to our beef and dairy farmers.

“The Government remains determined to tackle bovine TB by all available means which is why we have outlined a 25 year plan to eradicate this disease by addressing infection in both cattle and wildlife which was debated and approved by Parliament last year.

“We are considering the findings of the independent expert panel before a decision is made on making further licences to cull badgers available.”

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8:49pm Mon 24 Mar 14

StAndy says...

The evidence supports that the culls were inhumane and not effective, so why should we have a cull in Dorset.
Farmers should vaccinate their cattle. Yes there is a cost, but it's about doing the right thing.
The cull in Somerset cost approximately £2000 per badgers head. Many of these badgers went to ground leaving no real trace on how effective a cull actually is. But in true typical human nature we hunt innocent animals.
Anyone who can support this cull should hang their heads in shame
The evidence supports that the culls were inhumane and not effective, so why should we have a cull in Dorset. Farmers should vaccinate their cattle. Yes there is a cost, but it's about doing the right thing. The cull in Somerset cost approximately £2000 per badgers head. Many of these badgers went to ground leaving no real trace on how effective a cull actually is. But in true typical human nature we hunt innocent animals. Anyone who can support this cull should hang their heads in shame StAndy
  • Score: 7

10:04pm Mon 24 Mar 14

EGHH says...

We have badger vaccination volunteers already in Dorset. All the cull has done is to ensure even more people will not vote Tory in 2015. Owen Paterson has proven once again he is a failure, either he's got something on Cameron or the PM is too stupid to see Paterson is damaging the Tories in the eyes of many voters.
We have badger vaccination volunteers already in Dorset. All the cull has done is to ensure even more people will not vote Tory in 2015. Owen Paterson has proven once again he is a failure, either he's got something on Cameron or the PM is too stupid to see Paterson is damaging the Tories in the eyes of many voters. EGHH
  • Score: 5

8:31am Tue 25 Mar 14

Wesoblind says...

Idiots leave them alone why dont we have a mp dorset council cull?
Idiots leave them alone why dont we have a mp dorset council cull? Wesoblind
  • Score: 3

12:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

O'Really says...

The cull goes against all evidence, including the governments own studies ( which cost us millions), and the failed pilot culls.

Stop the cull... it doesn't make sense.

There's plenty of info out there... try this ...
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http://www.league.or
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or this

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The cull goes against all evidence, including the governments own studies ( which cost us millions), and the failed pilot culls. Stop the cull... it doesn't make sense. There's plenty of info out there... try this ... ~ http://www.league.or g.uk/our-campaigns/b adger-cull/additiona l-resources-on-the-b adger-cull ~ or this http://data.axmag.co m/data/201402/201402 07/U28561_F262892/FL ASH/index.html O'Really
  • Score: 1

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