BackBadger Vaccination Symposium 2019
Badger Vaccination Symposium 2019
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Badger Vaccination Symposium 2019

“We want to see a stop to badger culling and we want to see a significant increase in vaccination as a viable, humane and cost-effective alternative.” In April 2019 the UK’s first Badger Vaccination Symposium highlighted a non-lethal alternative to the government-sanctioned Badger Cull which had taken the lives of at least 67000 badgers by the end of 2018. Hosted by the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, National Trust, and the Badger Trust the event was held at Derby University and brought together policymakers, academics, scientists, veterinarians, farmers, and vaccination teams to discuss the latest science concerning Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB), the practicalities of vaccinating badgers against bTB, and its effectiveness as a strategy to halt the spread of the disease in cattle. After the symposium Charlie Moores spoke with five key players: Debbie Bailey and Tim Birch of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Gail Weatherhead of the National Trust, Dominic Dyer of the Badger Trust, and Professor Paul Lynch of Derby University and the Chair of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.