Help us stop the badger cull - urges Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust is asking people to support its campaign to stop the potential cull of badgers coming to Lincolnshire.
We are asking people to sign our online petition and contact their local MP via their website.
Details of the latest badger culls in over 50 areas of England is expected to be announced in mid-September. Lincolnshire is one of those areas being considered.
The Trust has written to MPs and published an open letter to communities, expressing concern about the hardship farmers face from bovine tuberculosis, but highlighting that culling badgers will not stop the spread of the disease.
Lincolnshire has been identified as a low risk area for bovine tuberculosis by the Government’s own agency, the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
Earlier this year the Government said that it was committed to expanding and supporting vaccination of badgers and phasing out culling.
Yet the reality is the complete opposite and for the first time, badgers could be shot in Lincolnshire this autumn.
Tammy Smalley, Head of Conservation at Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, said: “We are very conscious of the hardship bovine tuberculosis causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease. But culling badgers will not stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis. Instead, time and public money will be wasted and thousands of wild animals needlessly slaughtered.”
Bovine tuberculosis is a highly infectious disease of cattle and since the mid-1980s, the incidence of bovine tuberculosis in cattle has increased substantially. This creates an economic burden on the taxpayer and the farming industry, as infected cattle are culled.
However, badgers are not the primary cause of the spread of bovine tuberculosis in cattle, which is via cow-to-cow contact.
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust owns cattle, works closely with farming communities and understands the devastation that bovine tuberculosis can cause. But the culling of badgers is not the answer and certainly not within a low risk area such as Lincolnshire.
Please support our campaign to stop the cull in Lincolnshire.