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Dorset for Badger and Bovine Welfare – Badger Cull Results

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The badger cull is over for 2016 and we now have the results…

In West Dorset alone the cull company claims to have killed 3000 badgers in just 50 nights of killing operations. That amounts to 60 badgers a night for 50 nights! I am minded to wonder if the killers can count or, perhaps, if they brought in dead animals from outside the West Dorset cull area as happened in other zones in previous years.

However, if the figure of 3000 dead is correct it makes a complete mockery of the original Natural England cull target of between 1282 and 1740 animals to be slaughtered and the original Defra badger population estimates for the area of between 1832 and 2725 animals. Presumably, the cull company didn’t manage to kill more animals than actually existed!

Once again those who hold badgers responsible for the spread of bTB in cattle have shown a total ignorance of the science and a determination to eradicate badgers from the landscape; why else would they extend the cull by 10 days when they had clearly reached the minimum target requirement in the statuary 6 weeks?

During this year’s cull those of us opposed to the killing walked hundreds of miles of footpaths and bridleways, often through farms and farmyards, in an attempt to save badgers from both free-shooting and from cage trapping and shooting. In doing so we saw the disgraceful lack of bio-security in many of our farms.

George Eustace, the Farming Minister, who claims to be “using every tool in the toolbox” in the Government’s ‘25 year plan’ to eradicate bTB (as did 2 previous ‘Secretaries of State for the Environment’), does not even require farmers to show that they have carried out even the most basic bio-security measures.

One farmyard visited was completely covered in slurry (which can support bTB bacilli for many months) and, in previous years, I have seen dairy cattle stand in the slurry for much of the winter. This farm is currently locked down with bTB. The farmer in question took part in the badger cull.

On a neighbouring farm, in the space of one week, I found two newly dead roe deer, each left to rot in a field supporting dairy cattle. Roe deer are also susceptible to bTB and carcasses left to rot attract all manner of scavengers. The farmer at this farm also took part in the badger cull.

I could go on about dead sheep left to rot (two farms), deadstock thrown over a fence into scrub, or, piles of farm bio-hazard waste dumped on a public footpath (all reported to Trading Standards or Police) but this is not meant to be a diatribe against farmers and there are, of course, many very good farms and farmers.

However, if the NFU and the farming community want to be taken seriously when they profess to be fighting bTB they have a mountain of work to do to get their own house in order before they blame the humble badger.

© Ian Mortimer

Dorset Badger Cull 2016 Officially Ends

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We are happy to announce officially that the West Dorset badger cull finishes at midday today Wednesday 19th October 2016.

We will not know any actual numbers of slaughtered badgers (from both the West Dorset and North Dorset zones) for a while because it seems the powers to be often have trouble counting.

Thank you all for your support, we at DBBW and Dorset Badger Patrol and Control will keep trying to get future culls stopped and will be promoting vaccination.

This battle is over, but the war goes on!

Dorset Badger Cull October 2016 Update – West Dorset Cull Continues…

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DBBW can now confirm that the North Dorset badger cull has finished…

…BUT but we still need help in the West Dorset cull zones!

We thank all our patrollers for their help in the North zone this year and of course those in the West who will be carrying on as usual.

Please help us in West Dorset now if you can!

Please email us for up to date meeting info and to let us know you are coming on dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com, or you can also contact our control number on 07557 229273.

[FURTHER UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Despite what some people have been posting on Facebook etc it seems the West Dorset badger cull will NOT be ending on Monday 17th October, so we will inform you as soon as we have official confirmation when it does end. Sorry it’s not good news… but one way of looking at it, is that it may mean the cullers have not reached their target!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 – October Update

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We still need help on Badger Patrols in both West and North Dorset zones for the time being… the six week rule does not apply!

Please email us for up to date meeting info and to let us know you are coming on dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com, or you can also contact our control number on 07557 229273 and they will take your details to pass onto someone in the area that you can help out in!

We and the badgers thank you for your continuing support!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 – Quick Update

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It is now confirmed that Natural England have issued the licences for culling badgers in many areas as we expected.

Please if you can help on patrols in West Dorset which is a new zone and will be hit hard, and North Dorset also for the 2nd year.

More detailed information will follow later…

PLEASE NOTE:
As from tonight, meetings in Bridport Car Park will ONLY be by prior arrangement with DBBW. People should therefore contact us first, otherwise please do not just turn up at the previous meeting point. You can of course go to the Dorchester or Shaftesbury meeting points every night instead (look on the top right of this page!).

Meetings in other places and at other times can also be arranged.

[UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Also the police have mentioned for us to ask people if you open a farm gate to please make sure you close it again and if you have dogs with you please make sure they are under control around livestock.

NEW PETITION AGAINST THE BADGER CULLS
Please also sign this latest petition launched by TV’s Wildlife Expert Simon King OBE:
“End the badger cull instead of expanding to new areas”
https://petition.parliament.uk/signatures/25316292/verify?token=ymhNqZcW8MYTVR5GGcwN

Thank you for your support!

Dorset Badger Cull Autumn 2016 Officially Confirmed

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The BBC have announced this morning that the culls will be starting early September, we think it will be earlier, maybe this Bank Holiday Monday!

West Dorset is a new zone so we will have the two zones this year, as North Dorset will be culled for the second time.

If you are able to help in the zones please contact us on 07557 229273, if you are not able to help walking on patrols, there may be other ways you could still help!

Starting August 29th 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday) the Dorset Badger Patrols are meeting at 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT while the cull lasts, at the following meeting points:

[UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Shaftesbury – Tesco’s car park, SP7 8PF
Dorchester – Tesco’s car park, DT1 2RY
Bridport – ONLY by prior arrangement with DBBW so please do not just turn up, contact us first!

(7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016.
N.B. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm (due to the evenings getting darker earlier)

We are also raising funds for fuel to help our patrollers – if you wish to donate please go to https://dorsetbandb.org/donate

The government have again decided to ignore all the scientists and experts that have stated that culling is not the way to stop Bovine TB, and in fact could make the problem even worse (as badgers flee cull zones) so we will be showing our protest in a peaceful manner again.

If we are close to cull operators they cannot shoot – so our presence is important, and we can save lives!

We thank you all for your support.
Here we go again…

See also the Mail Online article today: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3754280/Badger-cull-tackle-bovine-TB-extended.html

Make sure you check out all our latest blog posts to be fully updated and for more information – go to our Home page here – and double check the latest Badger Patrol Meeting info on the top right of this site!

Dorset Badgers Need You!

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An appeal to anyone within easy reach of Dorset and who hasn’t already been in touch with DBBW or DBP, offering to help during the cull:

The slaughter is almost upon us. The badgers desperately need us, whether you’ve been out on patrol in previous years or are a complete newcomer.

PATROLS

You can patrol at any time during the day or night. There will be a 24-hour Control Number for you to ring to report anything you see. There will also be a police liaison team number if needed.

You won’t be asked to take on more than you can manage.

If you want to walk regularly during day, we can give you maps of a particular area/zone convenient for you.

Night patrols go out in small groups. Those run by Dorset Badger Patrol will keep to legal rights of way.

[UPDATE] Starting August 29th 2016 (Bank Holiday Monday) the Dorset Badger Patrols are meeting at 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT while the cull lasts, at the following meeting points:

[FURTHER UPDATE] PLEASE NOTE: Meetings are 7:30-8pm EVERY NIGHT (7 days a week) until Sunday 11th September 2016 only. As of Monday 12th September 2016 meetings will be earlier at 7pm-7:30pm due to the evenings getting darker earlier.

Shaftesbury – Tesco’s car park, SP7 8PF
Dorchester – Tesco’s car park, DT1 2RY
Bridport – ONLY by prior arrangement with DBBW so please do not just turn up, contact us first!

Police liaison will be attending.

Equipment: Hi-viz jackets and waistcoats are a must, day or night. Good torch plus spare batteries. Mobile phone and camera. Map-reading/navigation skills would be useful but not essential.

ACCOMMODATION

Coming from further afield? If you don’t want to camp but would like accommodation for a few nights, please email us.

If you live in north or west Dorset and can offer a spare bed or two to fellow patrollers or parking for a camper van, please email us.

Got a spare bed? Then help us give all people coming to Dorset to protect our badgers a warm welcome!

Email dorsetbbw@gmail.com or dorsetbadgerpatrol@gmail.com

Make sure you check out all our latest blog posts to be fully updated and for more information – go to our Home page here – and double check the latest Badger Patrol Meeting info on the top right of this site!