Archive for July, 2011

Badgers as target practice? – Badger Trust release, 19th July 2011

Badgers are to be used as target practice. That … is the effect of Caroline Spelman’s Commons announcement that she plans to hold two pilot culls in the south west. Nowhere in her Commons statement was there any mention of the culls contributing to a reduction in the incidence of bTB in the pilot areas nor was there any mention of carrying out post mortems to establish whether the badgers are infected. How can it be humane to kill an animal solely to see how long it has taken to die?

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Badger cull credibility destroyed – says Trust

The Badger Trust welcomes the publication of the letter from the distinguished panel of scientists responsible for the report on the Randomised Badger Culling Trials (RBCT) which ended in 2007. The Coalition Government itself in its consultation document published by DEFRA in September 2010, described the ISG report as being the only sufficiently rigorous one to be relied upon and the ISG’s latest criticisms reinforce the widespread condemnation of Defra’s proposals.

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Government shame as it hides cull consultation results – Badger Trust press release

SEVEN months after its consultation on badger culling was closed, the Government is still refusing to disclose even the barest results. Describing the secrecy as an affront to the tens of thousands of voters who took part, the Badger Trust said today: “This is the Government that promised transparency and honesty and yet it is refusing to disclose even the most basic facts–how many took part and how many opposed the cull. Instead, responding to a Freedom of Information request by the Trust it claims that releasing even that limited information would “have a detrimental effect on the Government’s ability to develop the (cull) policy”.

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Badger cull would be reckless gamble– Badger Trust press release

A REPORT published on Monday by a panel of experts confirms that a badger cull would be a massively irresponsible gamble that could backfire on farmers and prove hugely unpopular with the public, says the Badger Trust. …”The forecast possible reductions in bTB are small and spread over a huge time frame – nine years until 2020. They are also highly speculative, relying on a large-scale, sustained, simultaneous cull over a large area. They are also, damningly, based not on science but on guesswork…”

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New fraud in cattle TB testing – Badger Trust press release

As two Governments in the UK debate whether to kill badgers as part of their programmes to eradicate bovine tuberculosis (bTB), another farmer has been convicted of switching ear tags to save an infected pedigree animal…Claims by agriculture industry organisations that only “some” farmers are involved are clearly optimistic with five counties in the Midlands and the South West of England and now Powys implicated.

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