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It has just been announced that the Welsh Assembly is to pilot a cull of badgers in a 200km area of North Pembrokeshire to halt the spread of bovine TB in the area.

Presumably it means our badgers (we are in a bovine TB hotspot). I'm absolutely gutted at the news, but cannot oppose it because I know the damage bovine TB causes to my neighbours' livelihoods.

At the moment I am clinging to the vain hope that maybe we won't be within the designated area.

link to BBC news announcement

Posted at 24th Mar 2009 - 06:34PM   Posted by Preseli Mags   Deep gloom Comments: 9

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I, too, am just listening to this on the news, PM. I really do feel for you, if you are in the thick of this. I wish there was another way. We have badgers on our lawn at night, despite living in a village. I would dread not having them.

Huge Purple Hugs to you.

Posted by: Celtic Heart on 24th Mar 2009 at 06:38PM

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Westerwitch's Avatar Oh so sorry PM - especially as the debate still rages as to who is really the carrier - the cows, or the badgers - neither side can seem to agree. Then there is also the question do we have the right to wipe out a species in an area like this, or anywhere - we do not own the earth.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 24th Mar 2009 at 07:04PM

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Muddyboots's Avatar Hilary Benn Has announced that badgers are to be inoculated against TB from next year in high incident areas.

Posted by: Muddyboots on 24th Mar 2009 at 07:19PM

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CalicoKate's Avatar So why can't they do that this year Muddy and leave the badgers alone? How really, really rotten PM. I agree with WW.
We are currently battling and have, unfortunately, failed to prevent the introduction of Beavers to this area. Bye bye woodlands and many other species, flora and fauna.
Berludy humankind why can't we leave things be? Humph!
WW get the chainsaw out.........

Posted by: CalicoKate on 24th Mar 2009 at 07:28PM

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how very sad and tough spot all the way around. Sad

Posted by: Seashell Cosmos on 24th Mar 2009 at 07:52PM

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Exmoorjane's Avatar Really sorry, Mags. I love badgers but I also do fret about farmers who lose their entire herds through TB (as you may recall, happened to dear friends of mine here - dairy herd going back several generations - all gone). they can't have more cattle on their land as the badgers are still there and would just re-infect. Really difficult issue.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 24th Mar 2009 at 07:59PM

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Faith's Avatar Oh I am so sorry, how very sad. As EJ says it is a very difficult issueSad

Posted by: Faith on 24th Mar 2009 at 08:16PM

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Toady's Avatar They tried a cull here in N>Devon in the Hartland/Clovelly area I think a couple of years ago. I seem to remember that it was dropped because it had no affect at all.

Posted by: Toady on 24th Mar 2009 at 08:44PM

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Mountainear's Avatar Yes, I heard it too. Don't know what huge difference it will make round here; badgers are not encouraged anyway. Make of that what you will.

A few miles up the road where we had a temporary home the farmer on whose land we walked our dogs milked 300+ Jersey Cows and had a couple of very active badger setts on his land. The badgers were apparently TB free - as was his herd. He left them alone - fearing that getting rid might allow infected badgers to set up home on his land. Better the devil you know etc?

A difficult and emotive problem.

Posted by: Mountainear on 24th Mar 2009 at 09:18PM

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