The Staffordshire
Badger Conservation Group

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Vaccination Appeal

Badger Vaccination Appeal

In Spring 2015 Staffordshire Badger Conservation Group began a five-year badger vaccination scheme at two farms in North Staffordshire and we are hoping to extend this to other parts of Staffordshire later this year or next year.

We believe that vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is currently the most effective way of reducing the risk of badger to cattle transmission of the disease, along with stringent cattle movement controls and annual cattle testing.

Independent research shows that culling could actually cause the disease to spread more widely, as territorial boundaries will be disturbed leading to the increased movement of badgers.

Badger BCG vaccine alone is not the solution to bovine TB, but it does have an immediate effect with no known negative impact other than cost.

We have funded the training and licensing of one vaccinator for Staffordshire and Badger Trust have helped with the loan of necessary vaccination equipment, but we have ongoing costs which we need to fund in order to extend the vaccination to other parts of Staffordshire. If you are able to help please donate whatever you can afford.

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Two badgers together

Photo: Paul Bunyard