TBVAC are a group of volunteers, from a wide variety of backgrounds, committed to vaccinating as many badgers as possible in Devon against bovine TB. Many members of TBVAC have seen at first hand what a badger cull zone is like, and how serious the social division is in badger cull zones, that we don’t want to see this happening to communities and to wildlife in Devon.
The vaccine used to protect badgers from bovine TB is very effective, even more effective in badgers than it is at protecting humans from TB. Badger vaccination is a cheap and painless alternative to a badger cull. This short video, filmed at Killerton Estate in Devon, shows how quick and simple vaccinating badgers is. This vaccination programme is using government staff and is therefore more expensive than using volunteer vaccinators, but both are still far cheaper than hosting a badger cull, with no harm to the badgers, the local community or to the tourism industry.
Next year TBVAC will be able to vaccinate badgers anywhere in Devon for just £30 per badger, (just the cost of the vaccine), using this same technique.
Nice Mums can help support TBVAC in a number of ways.
TBVAC are presently fundraising for the equipment needed to vaccinate badgers in Devon, much of which, like the cage traps, can be used for years and can be used to vaccinate hundreds or thousands of badgers. Cage traps cost £150 each and 20 are needed to vaccinate all the badgers on an average sized farm.
We would also like to train up more volunteer vaccinators, to cover more of Devon. This year the training costs per vaccinator were £375 each. We have nearly a dozen volunteer vaccinators already trained but we could do with many more; Devon is a big county.
A donation of even £10 could buy us syringes and needles, those smaller items can soon add up, so we welcome donations large and small.
To donate directly to TBVAC please go to http://www.gofundme.com/2ygbtg
Alternatively you can buy them a christmas gift from their wishlist of essential equipment, available to buy from less than £3 here:
You can also help by spreading the word about TBVAC and telling any landowners in Devon who may have badger setts on their land about TBVAC's work and encourage them to have their badgers vaccinated.
There will be collection tins available to donate to TBVAC at the Nice Mums party and we will also be holding a raffle with some great prizes available with proceeds going directly to TBVAC. There will also be gift certificates available to purchase on the day which make a fantastically unique Christmas gift!
To find out more about TBVAC please head to their website http://tbvac.weebly.com/