Hundreds sign petition to block badger culling coming to Shropshire

Hundreds of people have signed a petition in a bid to prevent badger culling coming to Shropshire.

The petition entitled Save The Shropshire Badgers has been signed by nearly 500 people and will be presented at a meeting of Shropshire Council's environment scrutiny committee next week.

Campaigners, who were active against culling earlier this year, are fighting against the controversial method coming to Shropshire should Defra legislation become more wide spread.

They are calling on vaccination to be used to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle, and have also said no culling should take place on council owned land. It has already happened in other parts of the UK, including Somerset, and saw angry clashes between farmers and campaigners.

It comes after Liz Truss, who earlier this week replaced north Shropshire MP Owen Paterson as Environment Secretary, said future culls would be carried out in Gloucestershire.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust has also spoken out in favour of vaccination, which some believe is more effective at saving cattle from the disease. Badger marches took place in Shrewsbury town centre earlier this year and billboards were also placed by Station Bridge.

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Comments for: "Hundreds sign petition to block badger culling coming to Shropshire"

roger.broad.18

I sincerely hope that Shropshire Council environmental Committee will endorse recent scientific reports and their conclusions as the way forward towards the eradication of BOVINE TB in both Cattle and wildlife. Warwick University have recently (JULY 2014) produced a report based upon a very comprehensive study including data over some 10 years I attach an extract below.

The study suggests that improved testing; vaccination of cattle and culling all cattle on infected farms would be the most effective strategies for controlling the disease. Badgers form part of the environmental reservoir they only play a relatively minor role in the transmission of infection.

The Welsh Government who adopted some three years ago a science based humane programme including Badger Vaccination, have already achieved some very significant figures in the drop in Cattle slaughtered for BOVINE TB.

It is necessary to read a fuller version of the Warwick University Report with respect to Herd culling. This will ensure a clear picture of what is deemed to be an infected herd. But again I point to the Welsh Government programme. A significant reduction in the total Cull of infected Cattle.

Having spoken at length with many farmers in Shropshire it's quite clear that most don't share Owen Paterson's view. Many farmers are looking at the results coming from the Welsh approach that has bought a 50% drop in outbreaks of the disease just with tighter cattle controls

Already many hundreds of Badgers have been vaccinated across the country by volunteers that have trained to vaccinate and this is being done at a much cheaper rate.

Defra and the NFU need to stop playing the blame game and speed up vaccination of cattle and better testing of the disease, there is every chance that bTB is much more prevalent in Rats and in turn farm feral cats than in Badgers, we need to stop wasting time and support farmers with sustainable method reduction of the disease. We also need to remember when taking out Foxes and Badgers that this brings an increase in Rats which are already on the increase. Let's leave nature to take care of itself and treat Bovine TB at source and vaccinate cattle and stop illegally moving cattle that are diseased as shown in the Inside Out documentary - http://youtu.be/zlp8_pjSdLA

dianebartlett99

Having spoken at length with many farmers in Shropshire it's quite clear that most don't share Owen Paterson's view. Many farmers are looking at the results coming from the Welsh approach that has bought a 50% drop in outbreaks of the disease just with tighter cattle controls

Already many hundreds of Badgers have been vaccinated across the country by volunteers that have trained to vaccinate and this is being done at a much cheaper rate.

Defra and the NFU need to stop playing the blame game and speed up vaccination of cattle and better testing of the disease, there is every chance that bTB is much more prevalent in Rats and in turn farm feral cats than in Badgers, we need to stop wasting time and support farmers with sustainable method reduction of the disease. We also need to remember when taking out Foxes and Badgers that this brings an increase in Rats which are already on the increase. Let's leave nature to take care of itself and treat Bovine TB at source and vaccinate cattle and stop illegally moving cattle that are diseased. http://youtu.be/zlp8_pjSdLA

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its not about cruelity for me, because its just as cruel to cull cows but to cull badgers when the science says its not needed is just madness

jeanette.salisburyroberts

As the founder of the Facebook group 'Shropshire Against the Badger Cull' I can confirm that we now have over 600 members who are all convinced that the culling of badgers is not the best solution to the awful problem of bovineTB. I believe that some of our members are Shropshire farmers and they are very outspoken in their support of vaccination and in their disappointment in Owen Paterson's blinkered approach to the disease.

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