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Badger cull to combat bovine TB

19 July 2011

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, has announced today that the government will back a widespread cull of badgers in south-west England, to help fight bovine TB.

The government knows that it is certain to face legal challenges by those who insist that the scientific evidence suggests that culling badgers would not reduce levels of bovine TB, and could actually make it worse.

Alternative approaches to a cull are the increase of TB testing on farms and more restrictions on herd movements.

A similar badger cull was approved in Wales but the decision was overturned in the High Court, to examine the science behind the issue.

Bovine TB costs the UK economy about £100m per year. It is clear something must be done, the question is what?

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