Protect West Somerset's remaining badgers by investing in badger vaccination projects in the Council area.

The "pilot culls" of badgers in Somerset in 2013 have led many people to seriously question the humanity, efficiency and cost of this method of "controlling" bTB, especially as it has been condemned by so many leading and reputable scientists.


This petition calls on West Somerset Council to assist with an alternative strategy which is already working across Wales and in many parts of England.


We, the undersigned, call on West Somerset Council to give financial support to local badger vaccination projects being undertaken and to financially assist other badger vaccination projects which may be set up in the future.

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  • Linda Weeks Scientific evidence continues to discredit the Badger Cull. The experience in Wales with improved cattle measures and the vaccination of Badgers in the TB hotspot areas is producing statistics that cannot be ignored. So please support this petition and help a realistic approach to controlling bTB.

  • Roger Weeks The whole case for culling badgers is based on conjecture, emotion, hearsay and false Defra statistics as recently published.
    We would argue that the badger cull is illegitimate on the grounds that no proven justification exists to substantiate the policy. The case is not proven for the incidence of bTB in Badgers, in Wales over a 1000 badgers in the high risk area have been trapped and vaccinated and none of these badgers have exhibited signs of bTB infection. With failure to test the slaughtered badgers from the 2013 cull, opportunity for scientific research and statistical proof was lost. Our understanding is that it cost least £4,000 per badger killed, thus vaccination proves much more cost effective.
    As regular visitors to Somerset to enjoy its wildlife we would ask that you support this petition’s request.

  • William Bailey I am not a townie but a countryman, born and bred. I also know rather a lot about bTB and the scientific goverment data that is being used as evidence to support the cull of badgers on the Brendons. The datasets and models being used are at best flawed, at worst: erroneous fabrication.
    This cull has, I can assure you from a position of knowledge, nothing to do with bTB & everything to do with politics! Shame on this Government for allowing a vested interest pressure group to dictate official government policy, twisting the facts in so doing....





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    Linda Weeks

    6 days ago POSTCODE: BS20 7RX
    COMMENTS: Scientific evidence continues to discredit the Badger Cull. The experience in Wales with improved cattle measures and the vaccination of Badgers in the TB hotspot areas is producing statistics that cannot be ignored. So please support this petition and help a realistic approach to controlling bTB.
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    Roger Weeks

    6 days ago POSTCODE: BS20 7RX
    COMMENTS: The whole case for culling badgers is based on conjecture, emotion, hearsay and false Defra statistics as recently published. We would argue that the badger cull is illegitimate on the grounds that no proven justification exists to substantiate the policy. The case is not proven for the incidence of bTB in Badgers, in Wales over a 1000 badgers in the high risk area have been trapped and vaccinated and none of these badgers have exhibited signs of bTB infection. With failure to test the slaughtered badgers from the 2013 cull, opportunity for scientific research and statistical proof was lost. Our understanding is that it cost least £4,000 per badger killed, thus vaccination proves much more cost effective. As regular visitors to Somerset to enjoy its wildlife we would ask that you support this petition’s request.
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    William Bailey

    2 weeks ago POSTCODE: TA23 0RF
    COMMENTS: I am not a townie but a countryman, born and bred. I also know rather a lot about bTB and the scientific goverment data that is being used as evidence to support the cull of badgers on the Brendons. The datasets and models being used are at best flawed, at worst: erroneous fabrication. This cull has, I can assure you from a position of knowledge, nothing to do with bTB & everything to do with politics! Shame on this Government for allowing a vested interest pressure group to dictate official government policy, twisting the facts in so doing....
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