cull attacked by wildlife
the Burnham-On-Sea area
carers in the Burnham-On-Sea area say they are "hugely saddened"
by the start of a controversial badger cull in Somerset.
5,000 badgers are expected to be killed in controlled shootings
over six weeks in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
say the cull is necessary to tackle bovine TB, which can be spread
from infected badgers, but opponents say it is inhumane and ineffective.
World founder Pauline Kidner, right, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It is with great sadness that Secret World, one of the largest
badger cub rearing units in the country, has learnt that that
badger cull has started in Somerset."
cull being held in an area with hardly any cattle is merely an
experiment as shooting practise to see if badgers can be shot
humane, effectively and efficiently."
a leading rescue centre, Secret World knows from road traffic
accidents that badgers will always make their way back to their
setts if injured. This is why the humanness can never be truly
assessed as many injured will die underground."
campaigning against the badger cull said they believe the location
of the first badger cull was at Carhampton, between Dunster and
Watchet, but the authorities responsible for the cull have not
revealed the exact location.
a letter to members, National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall
said: "This is an important step not just for cattle farmers
but for the whole farming industry."
know that many of you reading this will have suffered the misery
of dealing with TB on farm - some of you for decades - and I hope
now you will feel that something is finally being done to stem
the cycle of infection between cattle and badgers."
added that he hoped the culls would show a reduction in TB in
cattle, and that more people would understand why they were "absolutely
Secretary Owen Paterson said the infection needed to be dealt
with in both badgers and cattle.
have to use every tool in the box because TB is so difficult to
eradicate and it is spreading rapidly," he said. "If
we had a workable vaccine we would use it... a vaccine is at least
10 years off."
Paterson denied suggestions from anti-cull campaigners that the
government was simply trying to appease the farming community.