Do not cull 70% of our Badger Population
Badgers are a protected species.
The Government claims a badger cull will prevent livestock damage by reducing the spread of tuberculosis to cattle. However, the proportion of cases of tuberculosis in cattle attributable to badgers is very small and the Government itself admits that at best the cull is likely only to achieve a 12-16 percent reduction in tuberculosis cases in cattle and only after 9 years. This leaves, at best, 84% of the Btb problem remaining in cattle.
We consider that the Government has given insufficient consideration to alternative non-lethal solutions including stricter controls on cattle movement and testing, and the development and use of existing vaccines for badgers and cattle. The Government should not allow a cull of badgers in preference to alternative options which have a far greater chance of reducing the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
Conservatives Against Fox Hunting working within the Conservative Party to advance animal welfare
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Sir Peter Bottomley MP,
Mike Weatherley MP
Henry Smith MP,
Chairman, Bristol West Conservatives
President, Esher and Walton Conservative
Chairman ,New Forest West Conservative Women’s Organisation
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The coalition of leading animal welfare organisations against the badger cull: www.teambadger.org
Randomised Badger Culling Trial
The Defra report on the Governments Policy on Bovine TB and Badger control in England Dec 2011 refers to the, Randomised Badger Culling Trial, RBCT , a government commissioned scientific study, over 50 times yet completely ignore their conclusions that a Badger Cull will make NO difference...
We refer you to Recommendations and Conclusions pages 23 and 24