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RSPCA reacts to UK Government badger cull announcement

05 March 2020

RSPCA Head of Wildlife Adam Grogan said: “We are pleased the Government has finally published its response to the Godfray review of its bovine TB strategy and we cautiously welcome the Government’s announcement of a move away from culls towards badger vaccination, the development of cattle vaccination, more frequent and improved cattle testing, better management of cattle movements and incentives to improve biosecurity.

“However we note that badger culling in its current format is likely to continue for the next few years resulting in what we believe will be the unnecessary deaths of hundreds more badgers until 2025.

“We feel that proposed improvements to cattle based measures, along with badger vaccination, are the best solution for badgers, cattle and farmers.The badger cull has been cruel and ineffective and we have been calling for some time for an alternative strategy to control bovine TB that focuses on cattle which includes vaccination and improved testing.

“It is frustrating that culling will continue for a number of years in some areas and could potentially be used in the future but we are encouraged that the Government’s strategy is moving in the right direction.”


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