Totnes Badger Vaccination Action Campaign (TBVAC) is a Totnes-based group committed to the vaccination of as many badgers in the Totnes and South Hams area as possible, with an emphasis on neighbouring sites to reduce pockets of non vaccination.
The group says it aims to get this up and operational before the resumption of next years badger cull, because if the trials in Somerset and Gloucestershire are deemed a ‘success’, the South Hams are next in line to host the cull.
A spokesperson for Totnes Badger Vaccination Action Campaign told the PRSD: “If a cull doesn’t have a certain percentage of area of land taking part in the cull, (70%), then a cull can not proceed.
“So if we can get 30% or more of the South Hams not taking part in a cull, because landowners have refused or have gone with vaccination instead, a cull cannot go ahead in this area. We have a better than average chance of getting badgers vaccinated here around Totnes than many places in the UK.”
The TBVAC is looking for:
People with badger or wildlife handling experience who would like to train to vaccinate badgers, and who would be willing to vaccinate badgers for anyone who asks for it. We have a dozen experienced people ready to train but we would like double this number.
Landowners who want their badgers vaccinated.
People good at fundraising to pay for licences, training, equipment and vaccines.
Networkers who can approach landowners to offer vaccination, particularly if they neighbour other vaccination farms.