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If you do one thing…

Posted in Conservation, European Wildlife, Take Action, UK Wildlife, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 23, 2012 by Neil Aldridge

Sign the e-petition to ask politicians to stop the cull of badgers. The petition needs at least 100,000 people to sign it before government will consider debating the issue in parliament. However, because the badger cull debate has already seen its fair share of u-turns and ignoring of scientific findings by authorities, those of us fighting the cull want to see as many signatures recorded as possible, making public opinion on the matter simply impossible to ignore.

I am going to assume that because you are on my blog, you are either my mother or you have at least some interest in wildlife and conservation. I am also going to assume that because you are still reading this piece, you find the issue surrounding the badger cull in Britain of interest. In which case, I will ask you again to please sign the e-petition.

If you’re still uncertain about what you’re signing and fear that you may be aligning yourself with extreme animal rights activists and an anti-farmer movement, fear not. The petition merely requests government employs an alternative approach to culling badgers in the control of TB in cattle. Vaccination is already a viable alternative but it is being developed even further with plans to make an oral vaccine for badgers widely available. Those of you that follow my work will recall my 2011 BBC Wildlife feature that highlighted vaccination as a viable alternative to culling. There is further information about all of the options and science on the Badger Trust website.

The UK has already extirpated a long list of animals, many of which were seen to be somehow incompatible with humans and our farming practices in particular. Don’t let the badger join the lynx, white-tailed eagle, osprey, wild boar and wolf. Sign the petition!

Badgers: To cull or vaccinate?

Posted in Conservation, Conservation Photography, European Wildlife, UK Wildlife, Wildlife with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2011 by Neil Aldridge

Neither the governments of England nor Wales seem to know what to make of the science, advice and opinion at their fingertips surrounding the culling of badgers. What’s more, the vaccination of badgers against TB seems to be overlooked as an alternative in many discussions. Want to make your own mind up? Check out this month’s BBC Wildlife Magazine for a news piece by Julian Rollins on culling plans in England, illustrated by one of my shots from my recent Badger vaccination shoot with BBC Wildlife in Gloucestershire. Be sure to get next month’s issue of BBC Wildlife Magazine to see the whole special investigation feature on Fera’s Badger Vaccine Deployment Project.

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