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CCTV in badger cull row

By Herald Express  |  Posted: September 07, 2012

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AN OUTSPOKEN farmer and supporter of the badger cull says he will not be deterred by vandals and has handed CCTV footage over to police.

Richard Haddock, who owns the Churston Farm Shop on Brixham Road has been vocal about trial areas and culling badgers as a way to eradicate TB in cattle.

Mr Haddock was hoping South Devon would have been chosen by government and the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs as one of the two trial areas for a controlled badger cull.

North Devon was chosen instead.

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He claims anti badger cull opponents targeted his farm shop and lorry and put up posters on his vehicle and gate.

Mr Haddock says despite the attacks he will continue to campaign for all possible methods to be used to control TB-infected badgers.

He has warned vandals who targeted his Churston Farm Shop business that they left some invaluable evidence behind.

Vandals damaged the paintwork on Mr Haddock's lorry and stuck anti-badger cull posters over it after he had appeared on television calling for foam containing carbon monoxide to be used to clear infected badger setts.

The former NFU national official said adapting the compressed air foam system used by fire brigades as a way of disposing of badgers ought to be trialled, and could give farmers hope of seeing TB eradicated sooner rather than later.

He said: "Clearly there are people around who don't want to see a single hair of a single badger's head harmed, whether the animals are infected with TB or not.

"Sadly these are the same people who have been misinforming the public about the extent of the TB epidemic and whipping up opposition to any control methods which are proposed.

"The situation with TB is so serious we must now be prepared to use every tool in the box to counter the epidemic.

"People who refuse to acknowledge that are clearly more concerned about raking in more public donations to keep a few people in the pro-badger movement in jobs than they are about the welfare of badgers, cows or farmers.

"However we are only dealing with third-division vandals here. The usual precautions to take when you attack someone's property are to ensure you are not seen doing it and not to leave any evidence which might identify you.

"Unfortunately for the person who targeted my lorry we have some excellent CCTV images of them and they very kindly left a nice, clear thumbprint on the tape they fixed the posters to my lorry with, because they didn't even have the sense to wear gloves.

"We look forward to seeing them in court in due course."

Police confirmed that a local PCSO had been called in to remove anti badger cull posters at the shop.

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  • Charlespk  |  September 24 2012, 7:50PM

    I always judge badgerists by the company they keep. http://tinyurl.com/9junlq5

  • dodgethebulle  |  September 18 2012, 11:24AM

    Anyone wishing to read about badgers and bovine TB should read the below link, you will quickly realise that ssimples and charlespk are distributing false information for a reason. They enjoy killing and are probably directly involved with the badger cull.. http://tinyurl.com/8c93odx http://tinyurl.com/bvjp9rv

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  • fischadler  |  September 11 2012, 6:43PM

    The fight goes on regardless. HSA members and AR activists will join together to disrupt the cull. The badger killers must not succeed no matter how many backhanders they give to the judiciary.

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  • fischadler  |  September 11 2012, 3:01PM

    Chelstonlass : I had a couple of posts removed as well. Freedom of speech is hard to come by in this country if it does not suit the landed gentry.

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  • Chelstonlass  |  September 11 2012, 2:56PM

    Try again- I do not support a badger cull because ,in my opinion , it is indiscriminate slaughter of wildlife. Just testing to see if this gets removed - if so , then fair speech is outlawed on this site!

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  • fischadler  |  September 11 2012, 2:17PM

    Some sensible people talking about the cull: https://http://tinyurl.com/cmrvgyc

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  • dodgethebulle  |  September 11 2012, 11:44AM

    Independent scientific studies have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing bovine TB, and even suggest that it could make things worse in some areas. To hear the facts, press play on the video above. If you want the government to make the sensible choice. Sign the Petition http://tinyurl.com/9ndb3ty http://tinyurl.com/9lmonj3

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  • Charlespk  |  September 11 2012, 10:16AM

    "Tummy worms affect TB vaccine." The age-old advice to regularly get children and adults dewormed has now got some solid scientific backing. An Indian research team have found that the presence of worms in the stomach makes tuberculosis vaccinations relatively ineffective. Almost every child born in the country receives a BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccine dose within a few days of birth. The vaccine has, however, been found to be ineffective in certain cases and some people, though vaccinated, develop tuberculosis. BCG is covered under universal immunisation programme in India, and children get the initial and booster doses free of cost. Yet, TB has emerged as a major health problem in India and even in developed na-tions like the UK. Scientists from the Institute of Microbial Technology, Chandigarh, said infections with parasitic worms interfere with the BCG vaccine and render it less effective. The research report, highlighting reasons for the failure of the BCG vaccine was published in the latest issue of scientific journal Trends in Molecular Medicine. So what hope is there of it ever being effective for BADGERS? http://tinyurl.com/cwvrz6r (open in a new window)

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  • Charlespk  |  September 10 2012, 8:53PM

    "Why must my prize calf Bee die when badgers roam free?" http://tinyurl.com/7jhpp6h (open in a new window)

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  • Charlespk  |  September 10 2012, 8:48PM

    Dr John Gallagher, a veterinary pathologist since 1972. THE NATURE OF TB IN BADGERS. 1.Tuberculosis has a different manifestation in most species . In the badger it is fundamentally different from TB in cattle essentially due to the lack of development of a hypersensitivity response which is a prime feature of infection in cattle. Thus small numbers of organisms infecting cattle produce a vigorous cellular response which results in extensive cell death and the development of large cold abscesses in the affected tissues usually the lung and respiratory lymph nodes . This is in fact the host immune reaction to TB. Whilst causing disease and disruption to the affected organs the changes inside these abscesses strongly inhibit the TB bacteria and kill many of them. The badger does not show such a vigorous destructive reaction but rather a slowly progressive proliferative reaction which eventually results in cell death as numbers of bacteria increase markedly. TB lesions are thus relatively much smaller but contain relatively vastly more bacteria than those of cattle. TB bacteria do not produce toxins but rather cause lesions as a result of their highly antigenic cell walls to which different hosts may respond with greater or lesser aggression. PROGRESSION OF INFECTION 2. Once a badger develops disease all the members of that social group are likely to become infected due to the confined living space in their underground tunnel systems, their highly gregarious nature and constant mutual grooming. But that seed of infection (the primary focus ) will usually only progress to produce disease and eventually death in a minority of cases. Latency is a feature of TB in many species and this is so in badgers and cattle. The bulk of infections in badgers, usually 70% or more will become latent or dormant. A small number of badgers may resolve the infection completely and self cure. But the latent infections remain fully viable and may breakdown under stress which may be of nutritional origin, intercurrent disease, senile deterioration or social disturbance and disruption. Some badgers may develop fulminating disease (Gallagher et al 1998). Badgers with terminal generalised tuberculosis can excrete vast numbers of bacteria particularly when the kidneys are infected. Counts of several million bacteria in a full urination have been recorded (Gallagher and Clifton-Hadley, 2000). When infection is acquired by a bite wound from the contaminated mouth of another badger, the bacteria are Inoculated either deeply subcutaneously or intramuscularly and rapid generalisation of infection usually occurs, causing progression to severe and often fatal tuberculosis which may develop in a matter of several months (Gallagher and Nelson, 1979). Respiratory origin infections have a longer duration and cases in an endemically infected population (Woodchester) have been monitored showing intermittent excretion of infection for a year, with the longest recorded case excreting for almost three years before death. The above ground mortality due to TB is estimated as about 2% of the population per annum. Thus in the South West alone with its now extensive endemically infected areas the annual deaths due to TB will be of the order of at least 1000 to 2000. Tuberculosis has an unfettered progress in the badger population and the cycle of infection and disease in the badger has long been known to be self sustaining (Zuckerman 1980). Over time the badger has become well adapted as a primary reservoir host of bovine TB infection.

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