Thursday, 8 January 2015

Government says badger cull will not eradicate TB until 2038

7 January 2015 at 3:32pm

The Environment Secretary has told farmers that culling badgers will not get rid of bovine TB in the UK for more than two decades.

The controversial cull in parts of West Somerset and Gloucestershire is part of a range of measures including controls on the movement of cattle and better monitoring.

Elizabeth Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, defended the cull as she spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference. She also promised dairy farmers, the main victims of the bovine TB outbreaks, that the government would target more support at the dairy industry.

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