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Lancashire Wildlife Trust hits out over badger cull
3:22pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
THE Lancashire Wildlife Trust has condemned the controversial government-backed badger cull after it got under way yesterday.
About 5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
The trust has joined others from around the country in opposing the cull, which is aimed at preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis..
Head of conservation Tim Mitcham, said: “We have heard reports that the cull is starting in Somerset and it is a real shame because it goes against strong scientific evidence which says vaccination is the way to deal with bovine tuberculosis.
“While the problem isn’t prevalent in Lancashire, there are cases on our doorstep in Cheshire.
“We really hope Lancashire can remain TB free.
“However we are supporting the trusts in Gloucestershire and Somerset in opposing the test culls in their areas.
“We urge our members to support the Wildlife Trusts’ vaccination programme.”
Bovine TB is an infectious disease that affects a broad range of mammals and can be transmitted to humans.
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