Dorset Wildlife Trust Back U-Turn on Badger Cull
12:02am 28th October 2012
Dorset Wildlife Trust is urging the Government to listen to Parliament after MP's backed a motion to abandon a badger cull.
Pilot schemes for Somerset and Gloucester have now been delayed till 2013.
147 to 28 MP's voted in favour of scrapping the cull and having a vaccination programme instead.
Imogen Davenport, Director of Conservation at Dorset Wildlife Trust, said: "We are acutely aware of the hardship that bTB causes to farmers and we all want a solution to the problem. However we do not believe culling badgers is the answer. A cull is predicted to reduce bTB by only 16% at best, and could make it worse."
Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape for The Wildlife Trusts, said: "Scientists oppose the cull, the public opposes the cull and now MPs have voted against a cull. It is time for the Government to listen and use the available alternatives to tackle bTB. We are grateful to those MPs who took part in the debate today. We hope that the Secretary of State's early departure from the Commons Chamber today does not mean his mind is closed to this issue.
"A badger vaccine is available now and improved biosecurity measures can help to reduce the spread of the disease. In the longer term a cattle vaccine can play a very real part in helping deal with the problem and the Government should now be putting the effort into ensuring this vaccine can be deployed as soon as possible."
Dorset is one of 12 wildlife trusts working on badger vaccination.