18 Apr '13, 9am

We're vaccinating badgers but need your support (each vaccine £20) Can you help at #badgercull

The Wildlife Trusts believe that biosecurity and vaccination should be at the centre of efforts to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB) rather than a badger cull. In the longer term cattle vaccination will have a vital role to play, but it is not yet available. However, a vaccine for badgers is available now and has the potential to help reduce bTB without the negative impacts of perturbation arising from a badger cull. A number of Wildlife Trusts are carrying out badger vaccination programmes, but they need your support. Each badger vaccine costs £20; every trap £100. Staff time to carry out the baiting of traps and injections is also a significant cost. Badger vaccination involves humane trapping overnight, vaccination and release. Vaccination of badgers helps to reduce the spread of the bovine TB. Recent studies have shown that vaccinating just one third of uninfected badger...

Full article: http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/living-landscape/policy-leg...

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