Badger vaccination programme may get support from Stroud District Council
12:00pm Tuesday 1st October 2013 in News
A BADGER vaccination project could receive funding from Stroud District Council if councillors vote to support it at their next meeting.
Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust runs a badger vaccination programme within the district in a bid to tackle the spread of bovine TB.
However, funding is needed to maintain the programme for the next five years.
Councillor Paul Denney (Lab, Cam West) will put forward a motion to SDC on Thursday, October 10, to request that the authority matches funding of up to £12,500 for the programme to continue.
“It’s extremely disappointing that the badger cull has proceeded despite huge opposition from scientists, animal welfare organisations and the general public,” said Cllr Denney.
"The funding would play a major part in helping to expand and maintain the current programme of badger vaccination within the district.
“By working in partnership with the trust, the council would be able to play its part in tackling bovine TB in a positive and meaningful way.”
In 2012 SDC became the first district council in the country to ban the culling of badgers on its land.
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