Thursday, 22 May 2014

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust vaccinates badgers as alternative to culling

21 May 2014 Last updated at 02:10

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust has begun a programme to vaccinate badgers in the county as an alternative to culling.

The trust is treating badgers on its nature reserves to tackle the spread of Bovine TB.

It is part of a five-year programme aimed at convincing the government to fund alternatives to culling.

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), said other control methods were still needed.

Trust conservation manager Tim Birch said vaccinating badgers was a more effective way of preventing the spread of the disease.

He added that he was "deeply disturbed" that the government was also carrying out gassing trials, which he described as "inhumane".

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