Welsh Government expects that vaccination of Pembrokeshire badgers will start within the next two months. Work will be carried out by contractors originally engaged for the abandoned badger cull. It's hoped that 70% of badgers in the intensive action area will be vaccinated.
Welsh Government sources say it rejected testing badgers for TB when they're trapped for vaccination. The vaccine won't work on the estimated 27% of badgers that are infected in north Pembrokeshire. But a quick test would be unreliable and only obviously sick or injured badgers will be destroyed.
Welsh Environment minister John Griffiths tells Assembly members there'll be no cull of badgers in an area of North Pembrokeshire as part of efforts to end bovine TB.
The RSPCA have supported a decision by the Welsh Government not to proceed with plans put forward by the previous government for a badger cull in Pembrokeshire.
Claire Lawson, external affairs manager for RSPCA Cymru said:
"The RSPCA recognises that Bovine TB in cattle causes massive hardship for farmers in endemic areas and that there needs to be a sustainable and humane solution.
"The Society bases its animal welfare stance on moral and ethical values of care and compassion, but relies on sound science to inform its decision-making, formulate its policies, define its strategies, and promote change for the improvement of animal welfare."
"We still strongly believe that vaccination coupled with the increased levels of cattle testing, improved bio-security and control on the movement of cattle is the way forward."
Your decision to abandon (plans for a badger cull) ... will be a bitter blow to rural Wales and many farmers in the TB hotspots will feel that the light at the end of the tunnel has been snuffed out.
Welsh Environment minister John Griffiths tells Assembly members there'll be no cull of badgers in an area of North Pembrokeshire as part of efforts to end bovine TB. Instead there'll be a programme of vaccination.
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