Start of clinical trials of cattle vaccine for bTB step in right direction but needless culling of badgers needs to stop

Last week's news of the start of clinical trials of a cattle vaccine and skin test for bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle appears to be a step in the right direction.

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust urges the Government to end the needless culling of badgers immediately. The Wildlife Trusts have opposed the culling of badgers as a solution to the problem of bTB in cattle, and instead have called on the Government to implement a cattle vaccine, review how cattle are transported around the country to ensure measures are in place to prevent infection spread from cattle to cattle, and fund badger vaccination across the UK.

140,000 badgers have been culled since 2013 across the country and with culling set to continue until 2025 under current plans, that number is likely to double.

We wait with interest to see the next step of the trials and if they help put an end to the cull, which is something we have been opposed to since day one.

You can donate to the Trust's Badger Vaccination programme here https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/badger-appeal Read more about Staffordshire Wildlife Trust's badger updates and our advice on how you can contact your MP to ask them to urge the Government to stop the cull here https://www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/wildlife/badger-cull-and-btb

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