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Badger Trust calls on the badger community to ‘Stand up for Badgers’ in Govt bTB Call for Views

Badger Trust urges supporters to highlight cattle-to-cattle transmission concerns and respond to the Defra bovine TB 'Call for Views'.


Dear Badger Trust Friend,


We need your help to #StandUpForBadgers.


You may be aware that Defra has set out a ‘Call For Views’ on additional measures to help tackle bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle in England, alongside their recent consultation on proposals to eradicate the disease. The options put forward by Defra and requests for other suggestions are focused on cattle measures.


Badger Trust has always believed that cattle measures are the answer to solving the bTB situation, and that badgers are no more than a costly distraction to the main issue, cattle-to-cattle transmission.


Badger Trust does not believe that options suggested in the ‘Call for Views’ go far enough, or that they place the emphasis correctly in order to be effective.

Please join us in responding to this ‘Call For Views’ and share it with your followers and supporters, encouraging them to respond too, so that we can clearly show the Government our concerns on this important issue.


We urge you to respond for your badger or wildlife group and as an individual too, as individual responses carry much greater weight.


Whilst we do not claim to be experts in cattle husbandry, many of us in the badger community can see the shortcomings in the current test and testing programme, the lack of restrictions on cattle movements, and a failure to enforce measures that need to be mandatory in order to gain any real traction against this disease.


Information about the Defra ‘Call for Views’

The ‘Call for Views’ request includes consideration of:

  • Cattle movement measures

  • Enhancing ibTB (www.ibtb.co.uk – the website which provides information to farmers on bTB breakdowns) to support responsible cattle movements

  • Mandating the sharing of information at the point of sale

  • Rewarding responsible cattle movements (plus three sub-options)

  • Regulating movements between certain herds

  • Cattle testing changes

  • Wider use of severe interpretation of the comparative skin test

  • Use of bovine only interpretation of the comparative skin test

  • Supplementary blood testing

  • Suspension of movements in the event of an inconclusive reactor

  • Amend the validity of a pre-movement test

  • Optional or extended, privately-funded supplementary antibody testing for some herds or government-funded in specific herds

  • Require a further test for cattle moved out of herds that have recently come out of long-term bTB restrictions

  • Compensation

  • an option to differentiate compensation payments based on herd owners’ implementation of basic (‘no regrets’) bovine TB biosecurity measures

  • Biosecurity

  • consider requiring owners of persistent breakdown herds who wish to source new stock to develop a bTB-specific herd health plan with their private vet


Information for your response

We have produced a dedicated guidance document that includes question-by-question information that you may find helpful for your own response.


And if you are able, please share your suggestions and knowledge to this ‘Call for Views’ – your input will help the badger community forge the strongest response.


Please respond to this ‘Call for Views’ by 11.59 pm on 21st April 2021. You can submit your response online here


Thank you once more for standing up for badgers.


With kind regards


Jo


Jo Bates-Keegan

Chair

For and on behalf of the Badger Trust Board




Guidance for your response

Badger Trust has produced a dedicated guidance document that includes question-by-question information that respondents may find helpful for their own responses.


Download the Badger Trust ‘Call for Views’ Guidance document.

Badger Trust Call for Views Group Guidan
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