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RSPCA calls for badger cull delay decision to 'mark an end to foolish and cruel plans'

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: October 23, 2012

  • RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant has welcomed this afternoon's announcement to delay the proposed badger cull

  • RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant has welcomed this afternoon's announcement

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The RSPCA has welcomed today's Government decision to delay the proposed badger cull, bus insists it should "mark an end to all cull plans" rather than a temporary reprieve.

Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has announced the decision to Parliament this afternoon, blaming increased badger numbers in the pilot cull zones, legal delays and bad weather.

Mr Paterson said the cull would now be delayed until next summer, but that the Government is still entirely committed to the plans.

RSPCA chief executive Gavin Grant said: “This is good news for badgers, cows, dairy farmers and animal lovers alike.

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"Hopefully it marks the beginning of the end for these unscientific, foolish and cruel plans to cull badgers.

"We welcome this postponement, but this must not be a temporary reprieve, but must mark an end to all cull plans.

“Science, the public and MPs from all parties had said very clearly that a cull is no answer to bovine TB.

“The RSPCA stands ready to play a full part working with farmers, land owners, Government and conservationists to move forward rapidly and constructively to tackle this dire disease in cattle and wildlife."

The controversial plans have been met with fierce opposition from protesters and an e-petition against the cull, created by Queen guitarist Brian May, has attracted more than 160,000 signatures.

The petition has prompted a full debate on the floor of the House of Commons on Thursday, which is still expected to go ahead despite this afternoon's announcement.

It will be preceded by a mass lobby of Parliament tomorrow.

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  • Charlespk  |  October 24 2012, 9:55AM

    It would be greatly appreciated by all farmers if people would try to become educated to the problem before they make any emotional judgement or comment. Why BCG does not perform like other Vaccines. "In any normal infection the body defence works by production of vast amounts of antibodies. Such antibodies can also be stimulated by ordinary vaccines for all kinds of bacteria and virus diseases and they can be traced in blood which makes diagnosis with various techniques fairly easy. But this does not work for Tuberculosis - it never did and it never will do - because the tubercle bacteria have a waxy coat to which antibodies cannot attach. Tuberculosis therefore causes a so called humoral body defence; that means the very slowly multiplying bacteria are attacked by enzymes and white blood cells mainly. These are killing or even digesting the bacteria by a method called phagocytosis resulting in crumbly pus in the so called tubercles - whole heaps or lumps containing several 1000 to billions of bacteria. This defence is much more unspecific and slower than the usual one by antibodies. Any BCG vaccine stimulates this humoral defence only but never prevents an infection; it may keep it on a low scale maybe. There is no other vaccine available and there most probably will never be another one. No matter how many millions more DEFRA invests (I hear of some 30 so far for the Vaccine only) this is nature - which cannot be forced by politics." . . . . . . . . . . Dr Ueli Zellweger MRCVS GST TVL Somerset Dr Ueli Zellweger who is highly respected is a veterinary surgeon with over 30 years experience mainly with cattle and is considered a world expert in this field. Again quote:- "But this does not work for Tuberculosis - it never did and it never will do." "But this does not work for Tuberculosis - it never did and it never will do." "But this does not work for Tuberculosis - it never did and it never will do."

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  • Clued-Up  |  October 23 2012, 10:28PM

    We've all been very lucky with this last minute reprieve, we must make sure the badger cull programme is NEVER resurrected.

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