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Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes commitment to Badger Vaccination Programme

Tuesday 7th October

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust welcomes commitment to Badger Vaccination Programme

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust has welcomed the government's recent announcement that it is to launch a new Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme. The new vaccination programme is intended to help create a buffer zone of healthy badger populations to help curb the spread of TB in cattle and forms part of the government’s comprehensive strategy to make England Bovine TB (bTB) free.

 

The Wildlife Trusts have long promoted the benefits of badger vaccination so Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust sees this as a step in the right direction. The Wildlife Trusts have consistently opposed the culling of badgers as a Btb control measure because the scientific evidence makes it clear that it does not work.

 

As Nottinghamshire is included in the new 'EDGE' programme Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust  are currently talking to Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, who are already involved in badger vaccinations, and will be talking with local National Farmers Union and other partners in the coming weeks to ensure the Trust can continue to play a positive role in Btb prevention

 

Speaking about the issue, Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust Head of Communications Erin McDaid said: “Bovine TB is a very serious issue and one that affects the lives of many farmers. This announcement by the government is, we feel, a real step in the right direction with resources being directed towards a more effective and comprehensive approach to reducing the spread of the disease.”

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