Binfield Badger GroupProtecting Badgers in Berkshire
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Help Stop the Badger Cull
Welcome to the Group's page on the decision by Westminster to carry out a cull of badgers, which as we know from previous culls, will not help with the problem of bovine TB in the cattle herds of the UK.
PLEASE, PLEASE help us to stop the culling of badgers. Westminster is still considering how badgers should be captured and killed - shooting, trapping, snaring and gassing. We need to get as many people as possible to make their view known. Please act quickly to prevent this mass slaughter of one of Britain's most loved mammals. Follow these links to find out how you can help.
Berkshire Badger vaccination initiative
Our Berkshire badgers need you!
We are setting up the Berkshire Badger Vaccination initiative which is designed to vaccinate badgers within specific areas of Berkshire by offering a free service to cattle and dairy farmers and landowners adjacent to them. The programme will continue annually for 4 years. Our initial application for funding for equipment to support the initiative was declined by DEFRA, but we intend to apply again in the future. In the mean time we are supporting BBOWT's initiative in West Berkshire and are looking for volunteers to help with the project.
But we need your help!!!
We need volunteers to assist with this initiative. Tasks are varied and will include people required to help with:-
If you are interested in helping, no matter how small you would like your involvement to be, please contact a member of the Committee or send an email to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please write or email to your MP to object to this cull. The Welsh Assembly Government previously voted in favour of a badger cull in North Pembrokeshire, however the strong lobby against the cull has lead to a reversal of this decision and the implementation of a plan to vaccinate. The English cull is a pilot scheme to eradicate bTB in cattle. There is a strong possibility that this cull will be extended to the whole of England. It's imperative that all MPs are lobbied asking them to stop the cull.
The following shows an example email that you could use as the basis of your own personalised email.
Please write your own email / letter, or copy and add to the one below.
Your MP's details can be found at: http://www.writetothem.com/
DRAFT EMAIL TEXT
PUT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS HERE OR YOUR LETTER WON'T BE CONSIDERED
Dear Sir or Madam
Please object to the badger cull.
Culling badgers has been proven not to work by the ISG who killed 11,000 badgers over 9 years at a cost of £35 million and concluded that ‘badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain’- F. J. Bourne June 2007.
Please don’t support this senseless, costly, disruptive and unpopular cull.
PUT YOUR NAME HERE
A Binfield Group member kindly forwarded his email and response from Adam Afriyie, the MP for Windsor, including Binfield . You will see that this MP's response does not object to culling and ignores the reservoir of bTB in cattle and in other wildlife. It is clear that far more education of MPs, many farmers and the general public is vital if the cull is to be completely stopped! So please read the following and then help to support badgers by writing now. Although the examples are from 2012, the points are still valid today.
email sent before the Commons debate on 25th October 2012:
Response received by post on 2nd November 2012:
RG42 XXXX Thursday, 25th October 2012
Thank you for your email about badgers and bovine TB, which I received today.
should know that I am completely against
unnecessary cruelty to animals. I understand the
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is having a
devastating effect on many farms and families,
Government remains committed to its policy of
badger control as part of its plans to
have always been clear on the importance of
scientific evidence on this issue, and I am
Thank you once again for taking the time to
write to me. It is understandably a sensitive
Adam Afriyie MP
Following the debate in the Commons the Chairman of the Badger Trust emailed the following letter to all affiliated badger groups. It provides a view of the challenges ahead:
29th October 2012
I am sure you will understand that the speed of recent events has prevented me from writing to you more promptly. At the beginning of last week we heard rumours that the cull had either started or was about to. However at around midnight on Monday 22nd, we were told the Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, was to make an announcement; Twelve hours later to our delight he told the House of Commons that the two pilot culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset had been postponed until next year. Reasons given included the Olympics, policing, bad weather, and legal challenges—a reference, of course, to our own JR and subsequent appeal.
I can also confirm that on that same day, we were poised to issue a challenge to Natural England on aspects of the licensing arrangements and we believe news of that action was a factor in the NFU decision to notify the Secretary of State that they would be unable to complete the cull this year.
Brian May posted an e-petition on the Government site on 7th September 2012 and within a matter of weeks, the number of signatures had reached over 100,000. This enabled the coalition of organisations formed by him, under the name Team Badger, to persuade a group of backbench MPs to request a debate in Parliament. This request was granted. We are indebted to Brian for the action he has taken and the surge of media interest which this has generated. On the day before the debate many members of Team Badger attended the Commons to lobby MPs. Several hundred badger supporters were there, including me. My MP was sympathetic but being Conservative, was hesitant about voting against her own government.
The debate took place on October 25th and the motion against the cull was tabled by Caroline Lucas, ably supported by Mary Creagh and others. The result was that 147 cross-party MPs voted against the proposed cull, with only 28 in favour. This is not binding on the Government and both the NFU and the Secretary of State say they remain determined to kill badgers next year and to roll the cull out in further areas from 2014 onwards. The Hansard report is at
The debate included a great deal of discussion about vaccination of both badgers and cattle. Effective vaccines are critical to the future of farming, so we hope the Government will objectively review all aspects of their bovine Tb strategy and develop a control policy which abandons culling. Their current proposals are bad for the farming industry, bad for cattle and bad for badgers. The proposed cull will not solve bovine TB, and Badger Trust would be willing to take part in detailed and substantive discussions with the farming industry to try to reach agreement on the way forward..
The introduction on 1st January, 2013, of long overdue new cattle controls will help, but ultimately, of course, cattle vaccination offers the best long-term solution. Defra ignore the fact that there has been a reduction in bTB since 2008 and they continue to cherry pick pieces of the science that fit their case. Somehow their attitude has to change. Together with our conservation partners in Team Badger, and working closely with eminent scientists, we will continue our campaign to save badgers. In doing so we believe we will also be helping farmers who for years have been misled by the farming unions about the true causes of bTB. We will press the government to discuss urgently with the EU how the vaccination of cattle in the UK can become a reality. Contrary to what the pro-cull factions claim, we are told that the cattle vaccine and the DIVA test could both be available in a very short time. Until then, you can be assured that Badger Trust will also continue to explore the possibility of further legal challenges against the unwarranted, unscientific and counter productive slaughter of badgers.
Very many thanks to all of who have helped to get us to this stage. The message is: we fight on until there is a change in government policy.
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