Friday, 4 April 2014

No badger cull expansion after trial failure

The government has said it will not expand badger culling to other areas this year to reduce TB in cattle.

The environment department's original plan was to announce up to 10 new cull areas in south-west England each year.

Defra's own independent assessment shows that culls in two pilot areas were not effective, and raised questions about their humaneness.

These pilot culls will continue, though there will be no independent oversight to assess their future performance.

In a Commons statement, the Environment Secretary Owen Paterson proposed a programme of vaccination around the edges of the most badly affected parts of the country.

This, he said, would create a buffer zone of immunity that would stop the disease from spreading.

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