康沃爾郡接種獾疫苗的數量創下紀錄

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康沃爾郡接種獾疫苗的數量創下紀錄

該信託基金與農民和倫敦動物學會(ZSL)合作,希望在未來將該計劃擴展到康沃爾郡的更多地方。

上個月,它宣布了新的捕殺許可證,包括康沃爾郡的兩個,但它說,作為其長期計劃的一部分,它不打算在未來再發放任何許可證。

她說。"自從四年前開始接種疫苗以來,我們已經沒有結核病了。去年他們誘捕了七隻獾,他們還測試了獾的血液,所有這些人的結核病都是陰性的,所以希望現在他們已經接種了疫苗,就不會再感染了。

"對公眾說,我們正在為獾接種疫苗,而不是捕殺它們,這也真是太好了。

"由於所取得的進展,我們現在能夠進入長期根除戰略的下一階段,包括擴大獾的疫苗接種項目,同時改進牛的測試,並努力開發牛的疫苗。"

ZSL的教授和康沃爾獾項目的負責人Rosie Woodroffe說。"獾在牛的結核病問題上扮演着一個小而重要的角色,科學家們預測,如果與針對牛的控制措施相結合,給獾注射疫苗可能有助於根除結核病。

"隨着政府政策從捕殺獾轉向接種獾疫苗,我們正在收集的實地證據應有助於全國各地的土地所有者決定是否跟隨與康沃爾野生動物信託基金和ZSL合作的先驅農民的步伐。

該信託基金呼籲農民或土地所有者,如果他們想了解更多關於疫苗接種的信息,請與他們聯繫。

"我們在網站上有一個呼籲,試圖為更多的獾疫苗接種收集更多的資金。我們也希望聽到那些希望在他們的土地上進行疫苗接種的土地所有者的意見--這是真正重要的部分,使我們能夠在整個康沃爾郡進行更多的疫苗接種。"


The trust, working with farmers and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), hopes to expand the programme across more of Cornwall in the future.

Last month it announced new culling licences, including two in Cornwall, but said it does not plan to issue any more in the future as part of its long-term plan.

She said: "Since the vaccinations started four years ago, we have been clear of TB. They trapped seven last year and they also tested the badger's blood, and all those came back negative for TB, so hopefully now they have been vaccinated they won't get it.

"It is also really great to say to members of the public that we are vaccinating badgers, we are not culling them.

"As a result of the progress made, we are now able to move onto the next phase of the long-term eradication strategy, including the expansion of badger vaccination projects alongside improved cattle testing and work towards developing a cattle vaccine."

Rosie Woodroffe, a professor at ZSL and lead for the Cornwall Badger Project, said: "Badgers play a small but important role in the cattle bTB problem, and scientists have predicted that vaccinating them could help to eradicate bTB, when combined with controls aimed at cattle.

"As government policy pivots away from badger culling and towards badger vaccination, the on-the-ground evidence that we are gathering should help landowners across the country to decide whether to follow the lead of the pioneering farmers working with Cornwall Wildlife Trust and ZSL."

The trust is appealing for farmers or landowners to contact them if they would like to learn more about vaccination.

"We have an appeal on our website, to try and gather more funding for more badger vaccination. And we also want to hear from those landowners who want to see vaccination on their land - that is the really important part to enable us to do more vaccination across Cornwall."

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