Target: Secretary of State for Environment in the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Truss
Goal: Stop massive badger cull that will last for two decades
Numerous badgers in the United Kingdom (UK) suffer from bovine tuberculosis (TB), posing a great threat to dairy cattle in the areas where they live. The UK government has officially decided that the disease will likely not be completely eradicated until 2038, and has released its controversial plan to control the outbreaks. Efforts to stop the disease include culling badger populations infected with TB, periodically moving cattle and vaccinating cattle in the areas bordering wild TB outbreaks. Killing off massive numbers of any animal is not a sustainable solution for disease. Eradicating badgers in high numbers will put strain on the ecosystems dependent on them.
Environmental groups have been against badger culls in the UK for years. Decision making in regards to how many badgers to kill and in what areas have led the emotions of those in opposition. The Secretary of State for the Environment, Elizabeth Truss, has officially declared the plan to go ahead with badger culls in diseased populations of the animals. Her defense lies with the dairy industry of the UK, which has been negatively affected by diseased badgers. Truss believes that the culls will last until 2038; the badger population decline within the next two decades will surely determine the health of wild ecosystems. Truss has already agreed to vaccinate domesticated animals that are exposed to the disease. Capture, vaccination and release of badgers could prove more efficient than massive culls.
Killing the badgers is inhumane and likely unnecessary. Sign this petition to help save the badger populations by urging Secretary Truss to instead initiate badger vaccinations in an effort to curb the spread of TB.
Dear Secretary Truss,
You recently announced your plan to eradicate bovine TB from the UK by 2038. I am pleased with your dedication, however, your execution could definitely use a more compassionate approach. Culling mass populations of badgers infected with TB is not an appropriate response to the disease outbreak. I urge you to consider mass vaccination, rather than mass culling.
The dairy cattle of the UK will be vaccinated if they are in an exposed area. Capturing, vaccinating and releasing badgers back into the wild would help the badgers regain health and also help the ecosystems dependent on the badgers’ existence. This approach is very compassionate, and could work to the advantage of UK wildlife.
Please consider this option with an open mind. I understand that TB is a daunting disease, but it does not need to be a death sentence for any animal.
[Your Name Here]
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