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Group aims to protect badgers

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 25, 2014

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A CAMPAIGN group to protect badgers will be hosting information days across South Devon on Saturday.

Members of Devon Badger Defenders will be in Newton Abbot, Totnes and Exeter.

They plan to actively oppose any official cull which may be rolled out across Devon by any legal means.

Members are also surveying, mapping and monitoring setts to protect badgers from illegal persecution.

There are small teams working all over the region and membership is increasing daily.

The group says it realises the issue of bovine TB is a complex one and understands it causes great financial and emotional hardship to many farming communities in the region.

However, it does not believe a badger cull is the answer.

Members belive better on-farm bio security, better cattle tests, accurate data on infected herds and ultimately cattle vaccination are the only way of bringing this disease under control.

For further information, email gypsy43j@hotmail.co.uk

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  • black_queen  |  January 28 2014, 9:26AM

    Shame this article fails to mention a huge anti-badger cull march that is being organised in Exeter on Saturday 29 March, meeting at 12pm in Belmont Park.

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  • Clued-Up  |  January 25 2014, 4:22PM

    The cattle bTB statistics for the TWELVE MONTHS before the badger cull started showed a 10% reduction in the disease - probably a result of the tighter cattle controls fought by the NFU. This reduction in cattle bTB is part of a continuing downwards trend in the disease since 2008. The scientists, the disease statistics and the history of every successful cattle bTB disease control programme in the UK all agree - if you want to stop cattle bTB the way to do it is through tight, enforced cattle movement controls and cattle testing regimes. You may make cattle bTB worse by killing badgers, you certainly won't reduce it.

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