Borough of Poole votes not to cull badgers on its land

Council says badgers won’t be killed on its land

Council says badgers won’t be killed on its land

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BADGERS on Poole Council land should be safe if a government cull is extended to Dorset after the council voted to ban killing the mammals on its property.

A huge petition signed by more than 1,300 people opposing the culling of badgers on council land was presented by Poole resident Paul Watkins, as part of the Operation Badger campaign.

It called on the council to: “Prohibit the culling of badgers on council-owned land and invest in vaccination programmes locally. We ask this because we believe culling to be inhumane, inefficient and unscientific.”

Dorset is believed to be next on the government’s list if it decides to extend the culling trial in a bid to stop the spread of bovine TB.

However it is not known if a Dorset cull would include the unitary authorities of Poole and Bournemouth.

The council believes that it has approximately 12-14 badger setts on land it owns and there are thought to be around 100 badgers on or near sites grazed by livestock in Poole.

Liberal Democrat councillors narrowly won a vote to prohibit the culling of badgers against Conservative and UKIP members who supported a review of the council’s position should the government propose a cull in Poole.

Members also recommended that any decision on vaccinating badgers be delegated to the head of environmental and consumer protection services, with no action to be taken at present.

Dorset Wildlife Trust, which opposes culling, began vaccinating badgers on its nature reserves in 2013.

Cllr Mike Brooke, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Borough of Poole, said: “We think it’s important that we protect our badgers, culling is inhumane and all the evidence points to it not being worth the expense.”

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5:56am Mon 4 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Shame the cull can't be applied to other higher functioning mammals.
Shame the cull can't be applied to other higher functioning mammals. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 7

8:00am Mon 4 Aug 14

Chief-Wiggum says...

Good, leave them alone
Good, leave them alone Chief-Wiggum
  • Score: 23

8:14am Mon 4 Aug 14

we-shall-see says...

At least the council seem to listen to it's electorate on some things. Pity they don't take notice of other things residents have requested, such as PUBLIC TOILETS!!
At least the council seem to listen to it's electorate on some things. Pity they don't take notice of other things residents have requested, such as PUBLIC TOILETS!! we-shall-see
  • Score: 4

8:20am Mon 4 Aug 14

Tripod says...

So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park?
So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park? Tripod
  • Score: 7

9:21am Mon 4 Aug 14

echor23 says...

I'm impressed with the council over this and thank god they have taken the time to research this barbaric act properly and see exactly it is inhumane. Unscientific and a waste of time.
I'm impressed with the council over this and thank god they have taken the time to research this barbaric act properly and see exactly it is inhumane. Unscientific and a waste of time. echor23
  • Score: 13

9:22am Mon 4 Aug 14

suzigirl says...

A badger was knocked down and killed outside my house in Oakdale on Saturday night. My daughter witnessed the incident and the woman driver drove off and left the badger in the middle of the road. We had to attend to the badger and stop other cars running over the poor badger. What an absolute disgrace of a human being............
A badger was knocked down and killed outside my house in Oakdale on Saturday night. My daughter witnessed the incident and the woman driver drove off and left the badger in the middle of the road. We had to attend to the badger and stop other cars running over the poor badger. What an absolute disgrace of a human being............ suzigirl
  • Score: 10

9:34am Mon 4 Aug 14

bobthedestroyer says...

Tripod wrote:
So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park?
Convenient doUbley standards?
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park?[/p][/quote]Convenient doUbley standards? bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 2

10:32am Mon 4 Aug 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

I am very glad that the Council has come down against any cull and I would hope that any other self respecting land owner would do the same, but what has always puzzled me is that the present administration continues to pursue the proven flawed policy of killing badgers by shooting.

It seems to me, as a target shooter, that if you are able to get an accurate shot at a badger why not use a dart dosed with the tuberculosis vaccine. Doing this has advantages over a bullet. A bullet will travel with lethal potential for a long way, up to a couple of miles, so you must ensure that there is something to stop the bullet travelling beyond the field of fire. A dart however has only a very short range measured in mere yards, plus of course it has no lethal capacity so there is less requirement to consider background when taking the shot.
I am very glad that the Council has come down against any cull and I would hope that any other self respecting land owner would do the same, but what has always puzzled me is that the present administration continues to pursue the proven flawed policy of killing badgers by shooting. It seems to me, as a target shooter, that if you are able to get an accurate shot at a badger why not use a dart dosed with the tuberculosis vaccine. Doing this has advantages over a bullet. A bullet will travel with lethal potential for a long way, up to a couple of miles, so you must ensure that there is something to stop the bullet travelling beyond the field of fire. A dart however has only a very short range measured in mere yards, plus of course it has no lethal capacity so there is less requirement to consider background when taking the shot. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
  • Score: 3

1:20pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Strelok says...

Tripod wrote:
So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park?
The badgers were relocated to a purpose built sett further into the woods prior to the project going ahead. Assuming they haven't been flattened on Dorset way in the meantime, they are still there.
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: So how come BoP are happy for two Badger Sets to be Bulldozed just to extend St. Edwards car park?[/p][/quote]The badgers were relocated to a purpose built sett further into the woods prior to the project going ahead. Assuming they haven't been flattened on Dorset way in the meantime, they are still there. Strelok
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Mon 4 Aug 14

poolebob says...

There are 154000 people in Poole Borough so a petition of 1300 is hardly huge or representative considering that probably a lot of those that signed don't even live in Poole.

As a resident of Poole no one has asked my view. But I cannot help think that there are far more important things the Council could do with their time and money rather than a knee jerk reaction to a small minority over a few badgers
There are 154000 people in Poole Borough so a petition of 1300 is hardly huge or representative considering that probably a lot of those that signed don't even live in Poole. As a resident of Poole no one has asked my view. But I cannot help think that there are far more important things the Council could do with their time and money rather than a knee jerk reaction to a small minority over a few badgers poolebob
  • Score: -9

6:50pm Mon 4 Aug 14

borderbonkers says...

Just this once then, a big gold star to Poole Council.

I seriously hope this cull doesn't come to Dorset - and if it does all Councils act the same way as Poole.
Just this once then, a big gold star to Poole Council. I seriously hope this cull doesn't come to Dorset - and if it does all Councils act the same way as Poole. borderbonkers
  • Score: 5

12:14pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Perryspitmann8778 says...

Thank goodness the Lib Dems won on this occasion.

How the Tories can support something so inhumane as killing badgers when there is no clear evidence that stops TB in cattles is beyond me....
Thank goodness the Lib Dems won on this occasion. How the Tories can support something so inhumane as killing badgers when there is no clear evidence that stops TB in cattles is beyond me.... Perryspitmann8778
  • Score: 3

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