RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull

Cotswold Journal: RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull

AN animal welfare charity is calling on people opposed to the badger cull to fight against a potential second phase.

The controversial pilot cull, aimed at reducing the spread of tuberculosis(TB) in cattle, was carried out in West Gloucestershire on the Gloucestershire- Worcestershire border last year.

The RSPCA is concerned the "farcical and costly badger cull" could very soon be extended across the country and is calling on people opposed to the cull to sign a petition.

It said the threat is more imminent after landowners in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, East Sussex, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire were invited to submit applications for badger cull licences.

David Bowles, RSPCA Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, said: “There is no justification to continue with these misguided plans, let alone extend them.

"We care about both cattle and badgers but science has shown the cull is not the answer to bovine TB in cattle, and the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year were a catalogue of errors from start to finish.

"We would urge anyone who does not want more such deaths to contact their MP, vote against the expansion of the cull and urge their councillors to stop local authority land from being used in any cull.”

An eight-week extension was granted until December after just 708 of an estimated 2,350 badgers in the area were killed – about 30 per cent of the total - in the first six weeks.

But this was cut short due after culling contractors told Natural England a significant reduction in badger numbers by that date was unlikely.

Earlier this month it was claimed TB figures used to justify the cull were grossly overstated due to a ‘computer error’.

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10:08pm Tue 18 Feb 14

rogerout says...

Anyone following the politics of last year’s Badger killing exercise, will now realise the style of politics that were involved. And the mass expert scientific advice that was bypassed by Owen Paterson and the NFU. They were determined to be prejudiced against Science. Or perhaps they did not understand any of it. The truth is beginning to come home, even though we have been denied any DEFRA report on any aspect of the cull including humaneness and costs. Or even how effective it was or was not towards the long term eradication of BTB.
But many things have changed; Farmers and their livestock as well as Wildlife have experienced some very adverse weather. AHVLA has indicated that its BTb incidence statistics have been grossly in error since 2011. Giving on their revised data an improvement in Wales a drop of some 23.6%, in recorded Btb Herd incidence. And yet Wales is not Culling Badgers. But it is improving Cattle testing and Farm Bio Security. As well as vaccinating Badgers. It clearly indicates that Science is the way forward. You do not start to eradicate Infectious diseases with a Bullet.
So some may advocate more killing in 2014 with a rollout of the killing exercise. Others will take up science, to follow in the footsteps of the progress in Wales.
But all will be aware of the wet winter adverse weather and recognise that that responsible for licensing future culls NATURAL ENGLAND. Who have a legal responsibility for ensuring Wildlife and the UK environment is maintained for future generations. They will be required to have an accurate picture of revised Badger populations or the extent of damage effects to the environment and wildlife habitats.
On that basis they could if they chose to approve further licences for culling, be challenge legally.
Anyone following the politics of last year’s Badger killing exercise, will now realise the style of politics that were involved. And the mass expert scientific advice that was bypassed by Owen Paterson and the NFU. They were determined to be prejudiced against Science. Or perhaps they did not understand any of it. The truth is beginning to come home, even though we have been denied any DEFRA report on any aspect of the cull including humaneness and costs. Or even how effective it was or was not towards the long term eradication of BTB. But many things have changed; Farmers and their livestock as well as Wildlife have experienced some very adverse weather. AHVLA has indicated that its BTb incidence statistics have been grossly in error since 2011. Giving on their revised data an improvement in Wales a drop of some 23.6%, in recorded Btb Herd incidence. And yet Wales is not Culling Badgers. But it is improving Cattle testing and Farm Bio Security. As well as vaccinating Badgers. It clearly indicates that Science is the way forward. You do not start to eradicate Infectious diseases with a Bullet. So some may advocate more killing in 2014 with a rollout of the killing exercise. Others will take up science, to follow in the footsteps of the progress in Wales. But all will be aware of the wet winter adverse weather and recognise that that responsible for licensing future culls NATURAL ENGLAND. Who have a legal responsibility for ensuring Wildlife and the UK environment is maintained for future generations. They will be required to have an accurate picture of revised Badger populations or the extent of damage effects to the environment and wildlife habitats. On that basis they could if they chose to approve further licences for culling, be challenge legally. rogerout
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