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MP Andrew George encouraged by support for badger vaccine project

By cmjohnw  |  Posted: September 18, 2013

MP Andrew George encouraged by support for badger vaccine project

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ST IVES MP Andrew George, and Professor Rosie Woodroffe from the Zoological Society of London say they are delighted with the strong support shown for a badger vaccine project from a group of volunteers at a workshop in Penzance.

The two will be meeting farmers in the coming weeks with the intention to roll out the project on five farms in Penwith this autumn before significantly scaling up the programme over the coming years.

If the pilot proves successful, and the project receives the anticipated support from both the wider community and local farmers and landowners, the intention is to undertake a five to six-year vaccination programme across the whole of the 200 km2 of the Penwith peninsula.

Mr George said: “While other areas are concerning themselves with the badger cull, I believe that we have a better and more workable solution which I guess will, in time, prove to be not only more productive but less expensive than the Government's favoured option.

“This disease has had a devastating effect on cattle herds in this area for decades. Concerted action is necessary. It is clear that we cannot wait for solutions to arrive from Whitehall. Whatever is done needs to be scientifically sound and evidenced based.

“I am delighted that so many people have volunteered to assist in a vaccination project. It is brilliant that the Zoological Society of London will manage the project and that we have secured the support of one of the most respected scientists in this field, Professor Rosie Woodroffe. It won’t be easy and could not proceed without the co-operation and support of local farmers and landowners.”

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  • mmjames  |  September 18 2013, 11:41PM

    Here's a few more pics for you Dantwo: http://tinyurl.com/bops3dn You could always go and look for some yourself if you don't believe the links I post.

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  • Dantwo  |  September 18 2013, 11:20PM

    Your link is drivel mmjames. The same pictures of deformities, bite marks etc., could be taken of virtually any animal. You prove the point of the Badger Trust's comment that the cull is "an exercise in secrecy, deceit and incompetence."

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  • mmjames  |  September 18 2013, 6:13PM
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  • Dantwo  |  September 18 2013, 5:00PM

    #Barri is right to call this "a cynical PR exercise" on the part of the St. Ives MP. I was shocked to see farming minister, David Heath, saying that the cull was going to plan on TV last night. I was shocked because he was giving the interview from the Libdem party conference! If Mr George really wants to do something about what the badger trust describe as "an exercise in secrecy, deceit and incompetence", he'd have a word with his libdem colleague. Everyone knows that bovine TB is mainly the result of cattle-to-cattle transfer. And if you want to see some stomach churning pictures of what actually happens in a cull, take a look at this: http://tinyurl.com/nkzkq58

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  • mmjames  |  September 18 2013, 1:48PM

    http://tinyurl.com/pp5ekuy It is important to understand the current limitations of vaccination, in particular its availability, practical application, true efficacy and legal status. In this context, there is a real need to manage the expectations of the general public as to the potential role of vaccination in bTB eradication.

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  • Barri  |  September 18 2013, 12:26PM

    Since Mr George abstained from voting against the culling of innocent Badgers, this is clearly a cynical PR exercise. In addition, as Badgers have always been innocent in this matter - why waste time and money on vaccinations ?

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