Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

How many badgers were tested for TB in the 2020 cull? How many badgers actually had TB in the 2020 cull? Answers required in individual numbers and as a percentage of total badgers killed. What scientific evidence do you base the cull on and from what year is that evidence? How much tax money was spent on the 2020 cull?

Yours faithfully,

Elizabeth Thirsk

SM-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



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Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Ms Thirsk,

Thank you for your email which we received on the 26 April requesting
information.

We aim to answer your request no later than 25th May, which is 20 working
days from the date we received it. If we are unable to meet this deadline
we will contact you to explain the reason.

If you have any queries about this letter please contact us.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

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Dear Ms Thirsk,

Please find attached the response to your request of 26th April for
information on Badger cull results 2020.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address]

Elizabetn Thirsk

Dear Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs's handling of my FOI request 'Badger cull results 2020'

You do not test badgers therefore have no evidence the cull is working. Why don't you test badgers for the disease you say they have? The cull is based on you thinking badgers have TB. Where is the evidence? The godfy review is not evidence for the cull. Where is the evidence that DEFRA base the cull on and from what year is this evidence? This must be accurate and up to date. How can you base a cull on random Badger culling done in a very small sample area 16 - 24 years ago? That is outrageous. What justification do you have for using outdated inaccurate evidence?

What are the transmission rates from Badger to cattle? Do these rates justify a cull? How can the cull be quantified as effective when run along side other TB control measures? How did you quantify this as effective?

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-Defra-Helpline, Defra (MCU), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs



Thank you for your email to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural
Affairs. We have a target of replying to emails within 20 working days
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Regulations 2004.

 

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during the COVID-19 outbreak which may mean a delay in response times.

 

If you need a reply before then, please call the Defra Helpline on 03459
33 55 77, or visit
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If you or someone you are contacting us on behalf of are currently at risk
of serious harm or in a life threatening situation, please contact the
emergency services:

 

999 for emergencies

101 non-emergency police line

111- NHS

 

If you suspect a notifiable animal disease or have animal welfare
concerns, please report these to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
immediately. Failure to report a notifiable animal disease is an offence.
APHA can be contacted using the following details:

·         England: 03000 200301 or [3][email address]

·         Wales: 03003 038268 or [4][email address]

·         Scotland: [5][email address]

 

We receive thousands of identical emails each month from organised
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unfortunately we cannot reply to each email individually.

 

Best wishes,

Ministerial Contact Unit

 

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Defra Information Rights Team,

Dear Ms Thirsk,

Thank you for your email which we received on 17 May, challenging our
response to your request for information. We are handling this as a
request for an internal review.

If your request was handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), section 45 Code of Practice states that an internal review should
take no longer than 20 working days, or 40 in exceptional circumstances.

If your request was handled under the Environmental Information
Regulations 2004 (EIRs), regulation 11(4) requires a public authority to
consider the complaint and respond to the complainant as soon as possible
and no later than 40 working days from the time when the complaint was
received.

We can inform you that the 14th July is the 40 ^th working day from the
date we received your complaint.

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Yours sincerely

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Dear Ms Thirsk,

Please find attached the response to your request for an internal review
of 17th May for information on Badger cull results 2020.

Yours sincerely

Information Rights Team

[email address]