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PRESS RELEASE BY SHROPSHIRE BADGER GROUP

1st May 2015

Building on the significant successes achieved last autumn in their project to vaccinate local badgers against bovine tuberculosis (bTB), Shropshire Badger Group are pleased to announce that they will shortly start the second round of annual badger vaccinations for the seven Shropshire farmers who last year seized the chance to have the badgers on their land vaccinated completely free of charge. The Group now have five fully qualified and licensed vaccinators and anticipate that a sixth will qualify shortly. This will enable them to operate as two teams, allowing more time at each location. Surveying begins this weekend, and the process will continue throughout the next couple of months.

Top scientists conclude that badgers play only a very minor part in the transmission of bovine TB, with a recent radio tracking experiment showing that badgers and cattle actually prefer to avoid each other. But vaccination as a disease control measure in both animals and human populations is a tried and tested procedure. Shropshire Badger Group therefore believe that their badger vaccination approach offers a positive and measured response to a relatively limited problem, in place of the now discredited government cull which has indiscriminately killed many perfectly healthy badgers that would otherwise have boosted overall immunity in the badger population to the cattle disease.

Recent comments by politicians and by a farmer and vet from Gloucestershire, claiming a 28% reduction in bTB in the culling areas, need to be considered alongside the same level of reduction across most of the rest of England, where there has been no culling but where new and improved cattle testing and cattle movement controls have been introduced, as they have in the culling trial areas. The Government chief scientist has himself said that the drop in infection levels could not be due to badger culling.

A spokesman for Shropshire Badger Group explained:

“Having got off to an encouraging start at the end of 2014, this will be the second phase of our 4-year vaccination scheme to protect Shropshire badgers from the threat of cattle TB. Since the vaccinated badgers will pass on the immunity to their cubs, we only need to vaccinate 50% of a badger family to achieve this scientifically proven clan immunity effect.

“We are also delighted that for 2015 a further two locations have been added to our list of free badger vaccination sites, making a total of nine sites.

“As an entirely self-funding small local charity, we welcome any offers of financial or practical help from businesses and members of the public in order to further our objectives. For more information please leave a message on our helpline: 01743 271999, or use the contact form on our website: www.shropshirebadgergroup.co.uk. “

 

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