Pirate FM News

Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.

Badger Vaccination Starts

news - badger
Delicious Submit this page to reddit

11:08am 6th November 2013

A vaccination pilot is underway in Cornwall in a bid to stop Bovine TB spreading.

Volunteers are trapping badgers and giving them jabs.

They are hoping it proves more successful than the controversial cull.

That has been hailed a success, despite missing its targets.

Professor Rosie Woodroffe has helped organise the vaccinations and said:  "Bovine TB is a huge problem for farmers in Cornwall and elsewhere in Britain.  As controversy rages around badger culling in other parts of the country, it's exciting to see wildlife groups working alongside farmers to try to help find a sustainable solution."

St Ives MP Andrew George has also been campaigning for the programme and said:  "If we find - as we expect - that the practical challenges of undertaking the vaccination project are manageable then it will be significantly scaled up over the next five years.  I am delighted that the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has now appointed a Project Co-ordinator and is planning for project success.

"There is of course much further work to be done.  I have a meeting with the Madron and Praze Young Farmers Clubs members next week to explore ways in which they could help and also with Defra Minister, George Eustice MP, in a couple of weeks' time when Professor Rosie Woodroffe and I will update Defra officials and Ministers on the progress of the pilot project and compare our results with the Government's pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

"Badgers are remarkable creatures and I'm certain that the many people who have volunteered to take part will learn a lot and have great fun."

Bob Speechley's from Cornwall Badger Rescue: "The best way would be actually to vaccinate the cattle but at the moment we can't use the vaccine because it's not licensed by the EU. Vaccinating the badgers does reduce the infection rate by 75% it also give herd immunity which means the cubs next year will have less chance of catching TB.

"You pre-bait the traps for five days and then you have two days of actually trapping, which is where you catch the badgers, you vaccinate them, you spray them with a marker and then release them so you know if you catch the same ones the next day you can just open the cage and release them."

Duchy farmers' leaders are not as convinced though. They feel that the only way to deal with the disease, which can wipe out herds of cattle, is to cull.

Ian Johnson speaks for the NFU and says vaccination is not an option: "It doesn't cure sick badgers, then you've got the practicalities of trapping and injecting badgers every 12 months at a cost of about £600 per badger, now who's going to pay for it?

"They haven't got a specific vaccine, they use a concentrated dose of the human BCG vaccine, so they don't know how effective it is. It's only 50-60% effective anyway. What they need is an oral vaccine, that is some years away."

11:08am 6th November 2013

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Suggested articles
maternity nurses new

PHOTOS: Mums start using new neonatal suite

The unit at Treliske is being transformed...

saltash tunnel

Safety work starts on the Saltash Tunnel

Closures will be in place on the A38

Most read
firefighters and parking 1

PHOTOS: Fire crews struggle to get down Cornish street

It's sparked a parking appeal... and not for the first time!

police tape 3

Casualties cut free after Cornwall crash

One was treated at the scene near Bodmin

Top articles

BREAKING: Man "seriously hurt" after crash

Cornwall News: It shut a stretch of the A390 near St Austell all night

Pirate FM Cornwall News Update - 7th January 2016

Cornwall Video News: Officials say they’re holding talks to find new jobs for hundreds of workers in Bodmin.

DUP leader Arlene Foster back in London to conclude minority government pact talks

National News: DUP leader Arlene Foster has returned to London with hopes of concluding a deal with the Conservatives in the coming days.

UPDATE: Body found on popular Cornish beach

Cornwall News: Police say death at Watergate Bay 'isn't suspicious'

Jeremy Corbyn gets rapturous reception at Glastonbury

Showbiz News: It was a scene that could have come from a Beatles gig in the 1960s.

British holidaymakers panic as shark washes ashore on Majorca beach

World News: Footage has emerged of the moment a blue shark washed ashore as British holidaymakers soaked up the sun on a beach in Majorca.

Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton in F1 crash row

Sports News: Sebastian Vettel has been penalised for deliberately driving into Lewis Hamilton during the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Hungry hackers stole $3k worth of snacks from CIA vending machines over several months

Strange News: The CIA has admitted it was penetrated by an insider network - of hi-tech snack thieves.

Newer article

Truro Solicitors Forced to Shut Down by Regulator

Cornwall News: Follett Stock closed down "to protect the interests of clients"

Older article

Crisis Talks Over Cornwall's CCTV

Cornwall News: Officials are meeting to try to find a way of stopping a blackout when funding and equipment is removed

Cornwall's Pirate FMPirate Extra Footer LogoEscape to Cornwall radioLoveCornwall.com - The Cornish Business DirectoryPirate Education and Training

 

© Copyright Pirate FM

Pirate FM cannot be held responsible for the content of external links.