Friday, 23 March 2012

Badgers in Shropshire and Cheshire to get TB vaccine

Badgers on a Shropshire nature reserve are to be vaccinated in a bid to stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis.
Shropshire Wildlife Trust will start a five-year vaccination scheme on one of its reserves this autumn.
The trust said the move would help control the disease long term and was in response to two trial badger culls by the government which it opposes.
The government said the culls aimed to fight a disease which in 2010 lead to the slaughter of nearly 25,000 cattle.
Announcing the trial culls in December, Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said she knew there was "a great strength of feeling on the issue", but action had to be taken before the situation got worse.
The Shropshire trust said it was conscious of the "impact of this disease" on the farming community and the need to put measures in place.

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