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Song Written To Support Badger Vaccination Projects In Dorset

National Badger Day

Published at 6:50am 6th October 2015.

A song's been written in support of voluntary Badger vaccination projects as an alternative to badger culling in Dorset.

The Badger & The Wren, composed by Linda Lamon, who also penned the New Woodland Song for Dr Brian May's woodland project in Dorset, will help raise funds for Dr May's Badger and Bovine Vaccination Initiative fund, (BACVI) headed by Dr May.

Volunteers in the UK are currently successfully vaccinating badgers in the wild to help protect them against bTB, which is affecting cattle herds across the country.

With a bTB vaccine not available for cows for at least another two years,  the government have announced that they are now committed to funding the vaccination of  badgers - but only on the outskirts of  'hot spots'.  Organisations involved in the welfare of badgers believe this will not be enough to keep the problem of bTB at bay.

Dorset, Somerset and Gloucestershire are designated hot spots and voluntary groups have now set up their own vaccination projects to inoculate the badgers in these zones.

The Dorset Badger And Bovine Welfare group and Dr May's Save Me charity a both endorse Linda's song, which was recorded in Dorset with the help of musicians Martin Hall-Kenny  and former  Love Affair keyboard player Lynton Guest.

" I was inspired to write the piece after reading all the evidence about the badger cull.  I am very disappointed that it has has been extended into Dorset, considering  there is evidence to show that bTB cases in cattle has dropped in  the county by 37% over the last twelve months. This is crazy and cruel.  I believe that vaccination is the way forward.  Drastically reducing our badger population is not going to make this terrible disease disappear." Linda said.

The chorus includes the words: We are creatures of the wood - At one with the earth - Natures friends, greatly loved - Born free to know our worth.

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