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A Dark Day for Science and for Wildlife in England

Press Release 1st June 2013 The 1st June marks the start of two Natural England licences to cull badgers in Gloucestershire and West Somerset. Several thousand badgers will be shot at feeding stations in a vain attempt to reduce bovine tb in cattle. 30 eminent scientists have denounced the plan as mindless. These include; Professor John Bourne, former Chair of the Independent Scientific Group on cattle tb, Lord Krebs, the scientist who carried out the Randomised Badger Culling Trial, Dr. Chris Cheeseman, badger expert and former government scientist, and Professor Rosie Woodroffe an ecologist who worked on the Randomised Badger Culling trials and ...

NEW ACHILLES HEEL IN BADGER CULLING SCHEME

28th March 2013 Continuing confusion over badger populations in areas designated for killing them is the Achilles heel of the badger culling policy. It strikes at the heart of the scheme because proving the exact proportion of badgers culled is essential. Last October official estimates were almost twice those expected [1]. A year ago Parliament was given an estimate of between 1,000 and 1,500 for areas of  150 sq km as a total over four years [2]. Now, Natural England, the body responsible for overseeing the proposed killing of badgers, has told the Badger Trust that DNA testing to verify populations costs £260,000, a significant increase ...

Culling: Coalition isolated as opposition grows

19th March 2013 The British Veterinary Zoological Society has added its voice to the massive weight of scientific and public opposition to the Coalition's proposed badger cull, just weeks after Professor Peter Atkins, of Durham University's Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, concluded that a widespread badger cull will not solve the problem of tuberculosis in cattle [1]. "The Coalition still attempts to claim that the cull is based on science. But they are at odds with almost every strand of independent scientific advice," said David Williams chairman of the Badger Trust. "Public opinion is overwhelmingly opposed and outspoken opposition ...

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New advance in work on cattle vaccine

4th January 2013   A team of scientists has announced a small but important step in the further development of a vaccine to prevent bovine tuberculosis in cattle [1]. They have identified a ‘biomarker’ using sophisticated molecular technology bringing benefits in helping to predict vaccine efficacy. David Williams, chairman of the Badger Trust, which strongly supports vaccination of both cattle and badgers, said: “We welcome this refinement in laboratory technique, part of the progress towards the long-awaited goal of an effective cattle vaccine. This discovery represents constant and encouraging movement in molecular studies and ...