Dorset Wildlife Trust condemn badger cull - as it could spread bovine TB further
DORSET Wildlife Trust have condemned the badger cull as reports circulate that shooting animals has begun in pilot areas in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
President of the National Farming Union (NFU) Peter Kendall announced this morning in a letter to members that the cull is an important step for the whole farming industry.
Around 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in Somerset and Gloucestershire over the next six weeks.
Chief Executive of Dorset Wildlife Trust Dr Simon Cripps has condemned the cull as a means to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle.
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"As an owner of a herd of cattle, Dorset Wildlife Trust is extremely sympathetic to the farmers whose cattle are affected by this devastating disease - but we urge the Government to consider the scientific evidence which suggests that the cull may spread the disease further" said Dr Cripps.
"The problem could even be made worse as increasing the movement of potentially infected badgers into an area cleared of badgers could risk contact between them and uninfected cattle."
The Department for the environment, farming and rural affairs (Defra) have stated that Dorset is a reserve area for the badger cull.
According to Dorset Wildlife Trust, badger culling in Dorset would be 'highly likely to start next year.'
The Trust believe vaccination is a much more effective method of stopping the spread of BT in cattle.