Two Badger Cull Pilot Areas Confirmed

UK - The government has announced that two pilot badger culls will go ahead in 2012 in a bid to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle.
calendar icon 14 December 2011
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The two pilots, carried out over a period of six weeks early next Autumn, will be closely managed and monitored to examine how safe, effective and humane a method this is. An independent panel of experts will be asked to oversee and evaluate the pilots and report to Ministers, before a decision is made on whether to roll out the policy more widely.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said: “Bovine TB is a chronic and insidious disease which is having a devastating impact on farmers and rural communities. Unless further action is taken now it will continue to get worse.

"There is great strength of feeling on this issue and no-one wants to see badgers culled. But no country in the world where wildlife carries TB has successfully controlled the disease in cattle without tackling its presence in wildlife as well."

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