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KEEPING YOU IN TOUCH - YOUR FREE MONTHLY NEWSPAPER DELIVERED DOOR-TO-DOOR FOR 31 YEARS PERCY HOUSE GALLERY BADGERS


A Blast from the Atlantic by Jim Wright


PERCY HOUSE GALLERY 38-42 Market Place, Cockermouth


01900 829 667


The quality of the light is the distinctive element in Jim Wright’s landscapes, but his seascapes are inspired by the energy and movement of the water.


Jim paints in layers and begins by applying thin washes of oils, gradually overlaying them with thicker layers of paint.


We were so sorry to hear of the death of watercolourist and musician Jim Binns.


Jim was one of our best-loved artists who supported us since we first opened in 2002, allowing us to display his dramatic Lakeland landscapes. He will be sorely missed.


www.percyhouse.co.uk


CHARLOTTE ROWLEY


Badger culling can’t be justified on any grounds. Call for cattle vaccine to be top priority to tackle Bovine Tuberculosis, not badger culling


Following a Government announce- ment that it is to allow badger culling in areas of England at low-risk (including Cumbria) from bovine TB, Cumbria Wildlife Trust is calling on the Government to stop killing badgers. This will not eradicate Bovine TB in cattle.


The first cases of Bovine TB in badgers were confirmed in August 2017. Apha officials believe the disease spread into the Low Risk Area (LRA) from cattle brought from Northern Ireland with the disease transmitting to wildlife. Bovine TB was first found in the area, known as the Shap Cluster or Hot Spot 21 (HS21), in November 2014.


Almost 15,000 badgers have been killed since culls began in 2013[1] across the UK. The Wildlife Trusts nationally are concerned that this culling is putting local populations of badgers at risk in affected parts of the British countryside and urge Natural England to publish the information they hold on the impact of the badger cull on the wider environment.*


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David Harpley, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Conservation Manager said: “We work closely with many farmers across Cumbria and recognise the difficulties they face. No one wants to see cattle herds being devastated by bovine tuberculosis (bTB) but killing badgers will not solve the problem. Badgers are not the primary cause of the spread of bTB in cattle: the primary route of infection is cattle-to-cattle contact[2]. The Government's badger cull is flying in the face of science. It should be putting more resources into speeding up the development of an effective cattle vaccine, amongst other measures.”


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Wildlife Trusts believe that vaccination of badgers is a more humane and effective solution to help stop the spread of bTB than culling. A shortage of BCG vaccine put a temporary halt to badger vaccination in 2016 and Defra did not find alternatives. This year, some Wildlife Trusts sourced vaccine independently and they are now re-commencing badger vaccination. The latest figures† show that on average, it costs a Wildlife Trust just £82 to vaccinate an animal, as compared to the cull which cost £6,800 per badger between 2012-2014[3].


The Government spent almost £450,000 on communications equipment alone to support the culls between 2016-2017[4]. This money could have been invested in cattle vaccine research, or used to vaccinate nearly 5,500 badgers.


The Wildlife Trusts call on the Government to:


• Stop the policy of badger culling


• Establish a full and independent inquiry into whether the culls to date have achieved their intended outcomes in reducing bTB in cattle


• Advance the development of a cattle vaccine and complete the development of and licence the use of oral baited vaccine in badgers.


• Develop better biosecurity, bTB testing and cattle movement controls


Although The Wildlife Trusts don’t agree with the policy of badger culling, if it takes place, robust monitoring programmes should be implemented in all cull zones.


More information about the badger cull is available on The Wildlife Trusts’ website www.wildlifetrusts.org/badgers.


Photo: Tom Marshall


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