Weʼre raising £5,000 to help protect our badgers. Appeal for the Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme
- Cheshire, Chester, UK
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Appeal for the Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme
The Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme (CBVP) is raising funds to carry out a vaccination programme for badgers against bovine tuberculosis.
The Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme is a volunteer led programme that is relying on public donations to fund the programme. We have a generous grant of £1,500 from the Badger Trust and if available, we will apply to DEFRA for BEVS2 funding for next year (this is matched funding, so we will still need to raise funds).
However, we need funds now, to buy equipment and start the programme. The Programme has agreement from a landowner to start vaccinating in July/August this year over a 6 Sq Km area.
What your donations can buy:
£9 – box of syringes
£30 – 1 dose of vaccine
£50 – 25kg sack of peanuts
£130 – trail camera
£280 – portable fridge for vaccines
Please give what you can afford.
CBVP strongly believes that vaccination against bTB should play an essential part in controlling this very difficult animal disease.
Badger vaccination involves humane trapping overnight, vaccination and release.
Badger BCG vaccine does not cure badgers of the disease, but at the end of our vaccination programme, over several years in each site, the social groups that we will have treated should have a high level of resistance to the bTB disease.
The work involves adult badgers and cubs being humanely trapped and vaccinated by licensed CBVP operators, revisiting the same area annually for several years to ensure the majority of the local population has been vaccinated.
We plan on vaccinating badgers on several areas, where cattle and badgers are likely to come into contact and where there is control of large parts of the badgers’ territories by sympathetic land owners.
For our first year, we will be mentored by the Derbyshire Vaccination Programme, which has run a very successful vaccination programme for several years.
Please support the Cheshire Badger Vaccination Programme.
We need funds, volunteers and landowners/farmers who would like their badgers vaccinating.
Funds: You can donate via this page (thank you)
Volunteers: We need people to survey setts, pre bait traps and vaccinate (training will be given), fundraisers, administrators and co-ordinators. Please email email@example.com with your contact details and the role you are interested in.
Landowners/farmers: If you are a landowner/farmer who is interested in knowing more about the vaccination programme and what it entails, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact details.
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) costs the UK tens of millions of pounds every year and CBVP recognises the hardship that it causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease, both in domestic animals and our wildlife.
Badgers play a role in the bTB disease cycle. BCG vaccination of badgers could be an important component of a comprehensive programme of measures to reduce the prevalence, incidence and spread of bTB. We hope our work will contribute to the local control of bTB in cattle by creating immunity in a population of Cheshire badgers, thus supporting local farmers whilst protecting badgers.
Badger BCG vaccination alone is not the solution to bTB, but it does have an immediate effect with no known associated negative impact other than cost. Our programme aims to make a worthwhile contribution towards finding a practical solution to a serious animal disease problem and our long-term goal is to ‘seal off’ the badger population in the endemic area with a barrier of non-susceptible animals.
In a clinical field study, BCG vaccination of wild badgers resulted in a 74% reduction in the proportion of badgers giving positive results to TB tests. A reduction in the prevalence and severity of the disease in badgers could reduce the degree of TB transmission to cattle.
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Cheshire, Chester, UK
The CBVP is organised and run by volunteers and plans to vaccinate badgers to aid the eradication of bovine TB in Cheshire. In a clinical field study, BCG vaccination of wild badgers resulted in a 74% reduction in the proportion of badgers giving positive results to TB tests.
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