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Badger Vaccination Postponed

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 7:01am 26th October 2013

A pilot plan to vaccinate badgers against TB is on hold in Cornwall because of the weather.

Volunteers say that they can't leave the creatures in traps in gales and heavy rain.

They are hoping to prove it is a better way of dealing with the disease than culling.

If it works on the first handful of farms then it could be rolled out.

Bob Speechley, from Cornwall Badger Rescue, said: "Vaccinating the badgers does reduce the infection rate of TB in badgers by 75 percent, it also gives herd immunity which means the cubs from next year's lot will be immune to TB or have less chance of catching TB.

"If we can get the farmers to come on board and have their badgers vaccinated, if we can get the farmers to call upon the NFU to get the vaccine for cattle pushed through, rather than calling for culling all the time, this is what we really need."






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