Badger cull infectious waste mitigation

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Natural England should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,
The blood from shooting badgers is a category 1 infectious waste according to yourselves and government, any TB in soil can remain virulent for weeks if not months, what measures are in place to ensure there is no indirect transmission of TB from the blood left all over the countryside from shooting badgers in cull zones?

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

Im wondering if I can have an answer please as the best practice guidelines fails to identify and mitigate a biosecurity hazard which is knowingly left virulent in soil. Supplementary culling is happening right now, if you believe Badgers carry TB then the blood being spilled could infect further wildlife and livestock. Please look at this urgently.

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

1 Attachment

Dear Ms Thirsk

Thank you for your email.

We provided the response to this question, in our response to RFI 5573 on 01 June 2021. Please see question 4 on the attached response.

I apologise that in our response to RFI 5573, we didn't make that clear.

Thanks
Darren

_______________________________________________________________
Darren Green, Senior Adviser - Access to Information

Legal and Governance Team

T: 0208 026 0936
M: 078101 56750
________________________________________________________________

show quoted sections

Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Natural England,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Natural England's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull infectious waste mitigation'.

Best practice guidance says nothing about disinfecting soil or similar. This is completely ignored and is not good enough. Therefore you are willingly allowing killers to leave infectious blood in the ground, why isn't it treated as a biosecurity hazard?

The randomised Badger cull was 16 - 24 years ago. How can you base the licenses on outdated 'evidence'?
This was also small scale, you have since licensed many more zones, where is the evidence that Badgers are infected in these zones?
You have licensed the cull on the word of Defra without sufficient evidence to back it up, why don't you require sufficient evidence before granting licenses to kill protected species? Even defra cannot provide sufficient evidence.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/b...

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-NE-FOI (NE), Natural England

Dear Ms Thirsk

Thank you for your message.

I'm afraid that we cannot accept this message as an internal review request.

This is due to questions being asked being about the way the best practice guidance is written and the way the policy has been implemented rather than for information we would hold.

Therefore, I would suggest you make a complaint. You can do this by completing the form on the page https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

Thanks
Darren
_______________________________________________________________
Darren Green, Senior Adviser - Access to Information

Legal and Governance Team

T: 0208 026 0936
M: 078101 56750
________________________________________________________________

show quoted sections