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The Dorset badger culls have started (again)…

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We are deeply saddened to report that the badger culls have started again here in Dorset (September 2017).

Up to about 9,000 badgers may be slaughtered.

If you can help on the Badger Patrols please contact the Dorset Badger Patrol Office on 07469 189606 and you will be linked with other people in their area to join up with, and someone will sort out where and when you can help.

Thank you in advance… on behalf of our badgers…

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Guitars signed by rock legend Brian May to be auctioned to help Badgers

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Legendary Queen guitarist Brian May has signed 11 guitars made by Badger Guitars, owned by Mark Badger, which are to be made available to buy on the eBay auction website from Saturday 26th August.

 

All proceeds will go to badger charities in areas around the country most affected by the cull policy, listed below, as well as May’s own Save Me Trust. The guitars have been donated by Philip White, founder of Red Badger records, who proposed the auction as a means of benefiting badger groups in the UK and to support the work of charities who believe the government badger cull is ineffective and inhumane.

 

The eBay auctions get underway Saturday 26th August at 12 noon and continue through to September 5th. Each auction runs for 7 days.
Dorset Badger & Bovine Welfare
Auction Date: Thursday 31st August to 7th September 2017
eBay Auction Number- 253086458813

 

Dorset Badger & Bovine Welfare is so pleased to have been included in the auctions of these super guitars signed by the wonderful Dr May. Dorset will sadly witness badger culls on all of its green and pleasant land. The funds raised will go to good use: we have set up an independent Camp Badger for people coming into the area to help patrol. Fuel will be our biggest need as ours is a huge area to cover.

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!