Volunteers work to vaccinate badgers

Volunteers work to vaccinate badgers

Trevor Weeks, of East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service

First published in News by , Reporter

A campaign to tackle bovine tuberculosis has started this week as volunteers work to vaccinate badgers.

The Sussex Badger Vaccination Project (SBVP) spent last week pre-baiting and setting badger traps to catch the animals and vaccinate them against the disease.

Badgers have been linked to the spread of TB in cattle. In other parts of the country there has been trial culls in an attempt to stop the problem.

Trevor Weeks, of the East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service, believes the vaccination programme will be “more sustainable” than culling.

Mr Weeks said: “Initially we are concentrating on the southern part of East Sussex between Eastbourne and Brighton – heading up to the A27.

“There have been recurring TB outbreaks and it is classed as a high risk area by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, so we are quite keen to work with landowners.

“We hope this is going to make a huge difference and we know it is a very positive thing.

“The public is behind vaccination work, it is good for the cattle, good for the badgers and good for the public.

“We now have four sites we will be working on and we hope over the next five years we can roll this out further afield.”

Volunteers have been putting peanuts in traps so badgers become used to the cages before the full rollout later this month.

Kat Edmonds, SBVP project director, said: “This is great news for Sussex’s badgers and cattle.

“Bovine tuberculosis is a huge problem for farmers and this is a positive way forward to fight against it.”

The SBVP received funding from International Animal Rescue and the Southdowns Badger group to pay for the training for five volunteer vaccinators.

For more information, to get involved or to donate visit www.sussexbadgervac.co.uk.

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10:04am Tue 19 Aug 14

Craig_Futurists says...

This is fantastic news and would be extremely more effective than the culling trials in the west which failed, if the government supported this in the same way TB would no longer be a problem for farmers within the decade.
This is fantastic news and would be extremely more effective than the culling trials in the west which failed, if the government supported this in the same way TB would no longer be a problem for farmers within the decade. Craig_Futurists
  • Score: 17

3:11pm Tue 19 Aug 14

DenJo24 says...

Excellent news! Hoping that this will encourage ESCC to vote not to allow the cull on any land they own. All the evidence shows that the badger cull was a big mistake - and there are plenty of people willing to work alongside farmers to tackle bovine TB without any needless slaughter of precious wildlife
Excellent news! Hoping that this will encourage ESCC to vote not to allow the cull on any land they own. All the evidence shows that the badger cull was a big mistake - and there are plenty of people willing to work alongside farmers to tackle bovine TB without any needless slaughter of precious wildlife DenJo24
  • Score: 10

9:57pm Tue 19 Aug 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

The farmers should vaccinate their cattle but they won't pay for it. It is disgraceful that wild animals are being blamed for the spread of TB when it is well known that it is the moving around of cattle that causes this and not vaccinating them.

TB was only stopped in people by vaccination - not by killing those infected. Farmers must be made to be more responsible in the UK.
The farmers should vaccinate their cattle but they won't pay for it. It is disgraceful that wild animals are being blamed for the spread of TB when it is well known that it is the moving around of cattle that causes this and not vaccinating them. TB was only stopped in people by vaccination - not by killing those infected. Farmers must be made to be more responsible in the UK. getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 4

10:40am Wed 20 Aug 14

Juleyanne says...

Absolutely brilliant. An ethical, common sense approach at last!
Hopefully, this will be rolled out nationally and our beautiful iconic badger will long continue to roam free from persecution in our countryside.
Well done Trevor and the team for their fantastic work and dedication to saving our badgers, working with farmers and demonstrating a non cull method of controlling TB.
Absolutely brilliant. An ethical, common sense approach at last! Hopefully, this will be rolled out nationally and our beautiful iconic badger will long continue to roam free from persecution in our countryside. Well done Trevor and the team for their fantastic work and dedication to saving our badgers, working with farmers and demonstrating a non cull method of controlling TB. Juleyanne
  • Score: 4

11:59am Thu 21 Aug 14

thevoiceoftruth says...

getThisCoalitionOut wrote:
The farmers should vaccinate their cattle but they won't pay for it. It is disgraceful that wild animals are being blamed for the spread of TB when it is well known that it is the moving around of cattle that causes this and not vaccinating them.

TB was only stopped in people by vaccination - not by killing those infected. Farmers must be made to be more responsible in the UK.
Exactly - it's bovine TB - badgers caught it from cattle, not the other way round.
[quote][p][bold]getThisCoalitionOut[/bold] wrote: The farmers should vaccinate their cattle but they won't pay for it. It is disgraceful that wild animals are being blamed for the spread of TB when it is well known that it is the moving around of cattle that causes this and not vaccinating them. TB was only stopped in people by vaccination - not by killing those infected. Farmers must be made to be more responsible in the UK.[/p][/quote]Exactly - it's bovine TB - badgers caught it from cattle, not the other way round. thevoiceoftruth
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