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How to make your opinion known on the Badger Consultation

– the easy way! In just 5 quick steps you can let the Coalition Government
know by e-mail how you feel about the killing of our native badgers.
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1)   Press this link - tbbc@defra.gsi.gov.uk. You are now writing an e-mail to DEFRA.

2)   Highlight, Copy and Paste the following line of bold text into the SUBJECT BOX of the e-mail.


RESPONSE TO THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSULTATION ON A BADGER CONTROL POLICY
 

3 )   Highlight, copy and paste the list of questions below (taken directy from the DEFRA consultation document) into the BODY of the e-mail.

Question 1 – Comments are invited on the options, costs and assumptions made in the Impact Assessment.

 

Question 2 – Do you agree with the preferred option?

 

Question 3 – Do you agree that this approach of issuing licences to farmers/landowners, is the most appropriate way to operate a badger control policy?

 

Question 4 – Do you agree with the proposed licensing criteria for culling and vaccination?

 

Question 5 – Do you agree that the proposed methods of culling are effective and humane?

 

Question 6 – Do you agree with the proposed use of vaccination, particularly its focus on mitigating the perturbation effects of culling?

 

Question 7 – Should anything further be done to encourage the use of vaccination?

 

Question 8 – Do you agree with the proposed monitoring?



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4)   Type in your answers, referring to our guidelines at the bottom of this message, below, but, and this is very important, according to your own feelings, and in your own words. Don’t forget to add your name and the date.

5)   Press ‘SEND’ !

IT IS DONE !!!!  THANK YOU !!!

 

If you prefer to respond on paper, please simply paste the title and list of questions into a WORD document instead of into an e-mail, type in your answers, print it out, and send it by post to:

TBBC mailbox
c/o Nobel House
17 Smith Square
LONDON     SW1P 3JR

Or by Fax to
•  0207 238 6431

Alternatively, you can visit the Badger Trust site - click here http://www.badgertrust.org.uk - click here . The Badger Trust are supplying leaflets which give an explanation of the situation, a 'translation' of the consultation document in clear terms, and a form on which to write your response to the consultation.

Responses must arrive by 8th December 2010.

That’s all there is to it. THANKS ! The odds are heavy against us, but we may yet save thousands of innocent animals.

Do make it clear that you are responding to the Consultation and keep a copy of your response.

 


 

GUIDELINES

- hints and help in answering the questions in the consultation, designed to assist those who feel that DEFRA's proposed cull of badgers is unacceptable and unworkable. These items of information are directly based on consultations with the Badger Trust.

 

There are 8 questions. It is only Question 1 that requires comments. At the simplest level Questions 2 – 8 can be answered by just replying either Yes or No. Obviously, you may express whatever views you have on the subject and are not bound to follow our position. Wherever a comment is entered it is extremely important to use your own words rather than repeating what is given here. However if you find responding to all 8 questions too daunting or time-consuming, please simply reply to the Consultation using the suggested bold Yes or No answers.

 

Question 1 - Comments are invited on the options, costs andd assumptions made in the Impact Assessment.

You may wish to answer this by writing something along the lines of:

• Unnecessary killing of wildlife cannot be morally justifie.
• All the relevant scientific research points to the cull being ineffective.
• Killing badgers will not solve the bTB problem.
• This particular choice of action will probably make the problem worse.
• The consultation document is scientifically unsound.
• The consultation document is not written in plain English and therefore not understandable by most people concerned with this issue.
• This method of shooting badgers in certain areas, and trying to control perturbation effects by vaccination, is completely untested - it is taking a huge risk, when vaccination alone has been proved to have a beneficial effect. Why take this risk?

You may want to make more than one of the above points - or others; again, it's very important to use your own thoughts and your own wording - do not copy and paste any of our advice notes.

 

Questions 2 - 8
- Answer either Yes or No to each question and make further comments in your own words if you wish. Please read the question and comments given below very carefully before answering.

 

Question 2 – Do you agree with the preferred option?

No - we don't agree - we think their 'preferred option' - of culling by licensing farmers to kill - is unworkable, and will be a disaster. But, as before, please write your own thoughts - not ours.

 

Question 3 – Do you agree that this approach, of issuing licences to farmers/landowners, is the most appropriate way to operate a badger control policy?

No - we think it's a very bad and ineffective way of trying to eliminate bTB from cattle. It won't be sustained by farmers, and is impossible to monitor and control. (Again, please state your own opinions in your own words.)

 

Question 4 – Do you agree with the proposed licensing criteria for culling and vaccination?

No - we don't think the cull will work anyway, and the criteria for licensing farmers to shoot badgers cannot be met. There is no workable way of deciding which farmers and land-owners should be given these licences.

 

Question 5 – Do you agree that the proposed methods of culling are effective and humane?

No - neither effective nor humane. This method of wild shooting is the most likely to cause badgers to go and run off into surrounding areas. It will also cause great suffering to badgers, most of which are healthy, since many of them will escape with gunshot sounds, to die in prolonged pain.

 

Question 6 – Do you agree with the proposed use of vaccination, particularly its focus on mitigating the perturbation effects of culling?

No - vaccination has never been proved to work in this situation of seriously perturbed badger populations spilling into surrounding areas. It is a theory which has no evidence to support it, and will put farmers in locations near a culling area at high risk.

 

Question 7 – Should anything further be done to encourage the use of vaccination?

Yes - there is ample evidence to show that vaccination is a long-term solution to any infection problem. The injectable badger vaccine is already tried and tested and licensed. And the problems of producing oral vaccine have now been solved.

 

Question 8 – Do you agree with the proposed monitoring?

No - it will be impossible to monitor every farmer with a gun - the number of badgers killed from each sett, how many escape to other areas, and how much suffering is being caused. No adequate provision has been made for effective monitoring.

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