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Badger cull extended in Somerset, Gloucestershire next?

By norrisglos  |  Posted: October 11, 2013

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Natural England this evening confirmed that the badger cull in West Somerset will be extended until the end of this month.

It said that it had issued an extended licence to the culling companies until November 1.

It said that the criteria have been met to allow the controversial culling operation - designed to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis - to continue.

The pilot badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire have been one of the most divisive issues to hit the rural West this century.

Natural England said the new licence authorises a three-week control operation to be carried out this autumn and supplements that authorised under the original four-year licence granted in October last year.

Under the original licence 850 badgers were culled during a six-week period which ended earlier this week - that was far less than pro-cull supporters had hoped would be shot.

The new licence allows the licensee to continue culling and specifies a minimum number of 165 and a maximum number of 282 to deliver disease control benefits while reducing the risk of local extinction.

An application to extend culling in west Gloucestershire has also been received by Natural England and will be processed in due course.

Tonight's statement from Natural England in full:

Natural England has today confirmed that criteria have been met to allow control of badgers to continue under licence in west Somerset for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

The new licence authorises a three-week control operation to be carried out this autumn and supplements that authorised under the original four-year licence granted in October last year.

Under the original licence 850 badgers were culled during a six-week period which ended earlier this week. The new licence allows the licensee to continue culling and specifies a minimum number of 165 and a maximum number of 282 to deliver disease control benefits while reducing the risk of local extinction.

An application to extend culling in west Gloucestershire has also been received by Natural England and will be processed in due course.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  October 12 2013, 1:41PM

    To vaccinate you will first have to test. "Badgers should be tested three times with ideally not less than 4 weeks between tests." - Badger Rehabilitation Protocol Take it that a test result will take 7 days to process that means that if you capture a badger to vaccinate it you should be keep it in isolation for over 2 months doing tests to make sure your not releasing an infected animal and then vaccinate and microchip for tracking. Infected animals are ALL killed. Green arrow for popper vaccination of badgers. Red arrow for botched ineffective vaccination of badgers.

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  October 12 2013, 1:09PM

    How many badgers have been killed by the RSPCA and other wildlife charities over the last 10 years? RED ARROW IF YOU ARE DELUDED ENOUGH TO THINK THEY HAVEN'T KILLED ANY!

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  • inthewildwest  |  October 12 2013, 11:52AM

    Well done Natural England, you have to earn your funding from the Government somehow and this is how you do it. How can you sink so low ? It seems all and sundry are determined to wipe out badgers once and for all. There are also reports of setts being filled in in Gloucestershire and police refusing to take action with farmers blocking public footpath with tractor and trailer. If you care about badgers get down to the cull zones now and also dig deep to provide funds for those already there. Any amount will be gratefully received. Thank you. Hate is not a strong enough feeling which I have for all those involved in and who support this cull, from the Government down to the pathetic individuals who are doing the killing.

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