Saturday, 29 August 2015

Bad News for Dorset

I thought I would post this on my blog as I am totally against the badger cull and it has now been extended to Dorset.

Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust, calls on the government to halt the badger cull and confirms legal action.
Friday 28th August
Brian May, founder of the Save Me Trust, calls on the government to halt the badger cull and confirms legal action.
The Save Me Trust confirmed that the lawfulness of the decisions to issue the licences today will be challenged by a Judicial Review in the High Court. To continue the culling of badgers is unlawful as it does not rationally serve the statutory purpose which permits the killing of badgers only to achieve the aim of preventing the spread of disease. Additionally, there has been a fundamental failure in the consultation process, a logically flawed approach in calculating badger numbers and a failure in Gloucestershire - in any event - to meet its minimum targets in 2013 and 2014.
Dr May said, “We are all hugely disappointed that the Government has decided to continue its cull policy, despite Natural England's Scientific Advisor branding the badger cull 'an epic failure’. The government should quit now, and save the tax-payer more fruitless expense”.
The Government's own Independent Expert Panel (the IEP, now disbanded) damned the cull as 'ineffective and inhumane’. The British Veterinary Association also condemned the free shooting of badgers, but all this advice continues to be ignored.
The legendary Queen guitarist and founder of the Save Me Trust said “The badger cull has been a disaster and has cost British taxpayers over £5,000 per badger, worse still, it’s certain that most of the murdered badgers are perfectly healthy, and free of bovine TB, but since the government has refused to test any of the dead badgers in the pilot zones, this cannot be proved”. He continued, “This is a tragedy for our farmers, cattle and wildlife; the scientific advice has been ignored by Ministers with more badgers set to die again this year. This awful policy must be put to bed now, in favour of a policy that really will address the TB problem in cattle.”.

Anne Brummer CEO of the Save Me Trust said, “The science categorically does not support the continuation or widening of the cull to new areas – many areas within the Government’s ‘high-risk zone’ for bovine TB, including Dorset, have seen a statistically significant fall in bTB outbreaks over the two years. In Dorset, the number of bTB outbreaks has fallen from 36 to 20 during that time. In fact, across the South West region there has been a year-on-year fall in the number of cattle slaughtered of approximately 12% from 2012-2014. These reductions have occurred in the absence of badger culling across the vast majority of the region.”.

The cull companies in both Gloucestershire and Somerset fell short of achieving targets set as conditions of their licenses during the first year of culling. In Gloucestershire, the contractors also failed to meet the considerably reduced targets in the second year.
Anne Brummer continues, “The worrying increase in herd breakdowns on the periphery of the Somerset cull zone would appear to mirror the situation experienced during the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) around proactively culled areas, where the incidence in bovine TB in cattle increased significantly.”.
Vaccination of badgers has now been proved to be viable and effective. The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has reported that “incidents of TB have fallen by 28%” without badger culling. The reduction has been achieved with cattle-based measures and badger vaccination.
Science has conclusively demonstrated the effectiveness of vaccinating wild badgers, which makes them 76% less likely to develop progressive TB.
The government should drop its cull policy and instead develop its support programme for vaccinating badgers. The badger cull is a failed policy and it needs to be consigned to history.

Anne Brummer
Save Me Trust
01344 625800


holdingmoments said...

Sadly this government seem hell bent on riding rough shod over the people and the wildlife of this country. Despite all the public opinion against a cull, and all the scientific evidence against a cull, they just ignore it all, to appease a small misguided farming community.
I can see a lot of trouble ahead.

People, (some), put this government in power ............ people can soon turn them out.

Richard Pegler said...

Thank you very much for passing on this sad news, Linda.

I suspect that this issue will become very high profile in the near future, and then perhaps we can put a stop to this atrocity. It's less than a month since I spent a very happy hour watching at least four badgers (probably six) going about their business at a set - such wonderful creatures! I must make more effort to help their cause. I know that I'm only one small voice, but there must be thousands (or millions?) of people that feel the same way as me - and we must ALL use our voice.

My best wishes - - - Richard

Linda Yarrow said...

Thankyou Keith and Richard. You are right Keith, this government is riding rough shod over people and wildlife, it is not only the badger cull that is bad news for Dorset, also plans for fracking too in Dorset, plans to extract oil and gas at several sights including Lytchett Matravers, Bere Regis and Corfe Mullen, all places close to where I live.

David Gascoigne said...

I just came across this post so my comment is late, but it is truly hard to fathom such action. The same kind of idiosy occurs here where we are culling wolves in British Columbia. I think it's time we cull ourselves!