At last the unscientific 2017 badger cull is over.
So now, if you see any badgers that have been shot, or sett interference, with please report to the police and get an incident number.
We would like to thank all the people who have supported us through this hard time. It makes it harder when the proper experts and scientists keep trying to get the message across to the government that the culls do not help with reducing Bovine TB in cattle… in fact it seems to make it worse… but still the badgers are the ones to die. Cattle get slaughtered too but with improved testing, bio security and better restrictions on livestock movement, things could improve!
We have so many people to thank… the ones that spent time walking, driving and watching, the ones that donated to keep us moving, the ones that manned the control phone 24 hours a day, the ones that provided supplies to the camps, the ones that cooked for tired people getting back from patrols, the members of the public that called in if they saw anything happening, the ones that wrote to the newspapers, MPs, local councils, the ones spreading the word on social media making sure people realise what is going on. It seems so many more people are getting aware of what is actually happening to badgers and most don’t like it! If I have forgotten anyone… many apologies… everyone did their bit!
We fight on to try to get culls stopped… we will not rest, now the work of checking setts to see if still active or not. This is a good time of year to get out walking and recording badger activity so if you do see a sett you can report it (would be nice to have 10 digit grid refs if possible).
Dorset is a beautiful green and pleasant land, it makes us sad that it is tainted with the blood of badgers. We are a big tourist county and know that some people have said they won’t come here again because of what has been happening which is sad too, there is so much to enjoy here.
Take care out there… and remember to care for the badgers!
We will never forget the thousands of badgers that have been slaughtered for no proper reason… they had the right to live.
DBBW & Dorset Badger Patrol
Picture above © Sam Cannon Art
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…
UPDATE: The Dorset Badger Cull has now ended in October 2017 – read more here.
Auction Date: Thursday 31st August to 7th September 2017
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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
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!
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!
[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!