The Wildlife Trusts believe that biosecurity and vaccination should be at the centre of efforts to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB) rather than a badger cull.
In the longer term cattle vaccination will have a vital role to play, but it is not yet available. However, a vaccine for badgers is available now and has the potential to help reduce bTB without the negative impacts of perturbation arising from a badger cull. A number of Wildlife Trusts are carrying out badger vaccination programmes, but they need your support. Each badger vaccine costs £20; every trap £100. Staff time to carry out the baiting of traps and injections is also a significant cost.
Vaccination of badgers helps to reduce the spread of the bovine TB. Recent studies have shown that vaccinating just one third of uninfected badgers in a set can help make unvaccinated cubs less likely to test positive for the disease.
Follow the links below to donate to our badger vaccination programmes. More on badgers and bTB