23rd February 2011
The Badger Trust is appalled that a farm in Cornwall, an area which has suffered from bovine tuberculosis for decades, not only moved cattle while under TB restrictions but also entered a major pedigree cattle show in Warwickshire. Fifty-eight passports for dead cattle were found on the premises. Wills Bros Ltd, of Pawton Dairy, Wadebridge, was fined £7,200 and ordered to pay costs of £7,140. It had pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates’ Court to seven offences under tuberculosis and cattle identification legislation.
Patricia Hayden, Vice Chairman of the Badger Trust, said: “These offences were committed in the ...
8th February 2011
The Badger Trust says the Coalition Government and the Welsh Assembly Government must abandon any ideas of killing badgers because recent figures show steep falls in bovine tuberculosis (bTB) without any culling. The governments and the beef and dairy industries are now even less justified in their proposals, recently the subject of public consultations.
Both governments have introduced long-overdue controls on cattle movements and tightened up testing, but if the previous government had allowed badgers to be killed, the beef and dairy industries would be claiming culling as a reason for the decline.