Karin Snellock, a spokesman for Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare, was recently quoted in an article entitled ‘Government statistics on bovine TB in Dorset split opinion’ which was published in the Dorset Echo on 29th May 2015.
The article states how anti badger cull campaigners, including DBBW, claim the decreasing number of cattle slaughtered in Dorset due to bovine TB indicates badger culling remains unnecessary. This is a very important statement as Dorset is rumoured to be next on the list to implement a badger cull, following on from pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Figures released by the Government show the number of cattle slaughtered in the county fell by more than 30 per cent in a two-year period.
Karin says; “We feel the public are being led to believe the disease is on the increase, whereas in fact the complete opposite is true.
“This figure is taken from the Government’s own statistics. It shows that the current annual testing regime, stricter controls on cattle movement and increase bio-security measures are already making enormous inroads into combating the disease.
“As the threat of a badger cull reaching Dorset becomes more imminent, local wildlife groups are determined to ensure that the relevant facts and figures are not swept aside in the name of political expediency.”
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