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Bovine TB
Badger cull back on the agenda in Wales

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NEW legislation authorising a government-managed cull of badgers in Wales was laid before the National Assembly for Wales on March 9. The assembly government has also introduced legislation putting the prevention and management of incidents of bovine TB in non-bovine animals (camelids, goats and deer) on a similar footing to the arrangements already in place for cattle.

Introducing the Badger (Control Area) (Wales) Order 2011, Elin Jones, the Welsh rural affairs minister, said that the majority of measures that had been introduced so far in the government's TB eradication programme had been designed to reduce the risk of transmission of bovine TB between cattle. ‘They are designed to have an effect, but it is too early to say that these measures are the cause of the recent improvements in TB figures,’ she said, …

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