Andrew Stunell MP pressed the Government in Parliament today to extend the badger vaccination programme to Stockport after the area’s first case of Bovine TB was diagnosed recently.
Commenting, Andrew Stunell MP said –
“Unfortunately the disease is steadily moving northwards and has now reached Stockport. It is important to begin badger vaccination locally to build a barrier to yet further infections. I want the Minister to make grants available so that action can be taken without delay.”
In September 2014, the Government announced its Badger Edge Vaccination Scheme which aims to create a buffer zone to help prevent the spread of TB to new parts of the country.
Part of Cheshire is classified as an ‘Edge Area’ and so is included in the scheme, where farmers can bid for cash for vaccination of badgers on their land. However Stockport is not, and so Andrew has called upon the Government to extend the ‘Edge Area’ to cover the town. This would open the door to Defra funding for badgers in the area to be vaccinated to help prevent the northward spread of the disease and thus protect our local farmers’ livestock.
Andrew was told the Edge Zone rules would be reviewed later this year.