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Bovine TB
Bovine TB and badger culling
  1. Iain McGill
  1. 81 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton BN1 7JL
  1. Andre Menache
  1. 49 Granville Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HB
  1. Andrew Knight
  1. 505 Lascar Wharf, 21 Parnham Street, London E14 7FN
  1. Caroline Allen
  1. 36 Peacock Place, London N1 1YG
  1. Sophie Hill
  1. 14 Grace Crescent, Hardwick, Cambridge CB23 7AH
  1. Bronwen Eastwood
  1. 20 Wilbury Avenue, Hove, East Sussex BN3 6HR
  1. e-mail: iain{at}

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WE are dismayed that this Government is issuing licences to cull badgers.

Defra's own Independent Scientific Group (Defra 2007) concludes its £50 million research project by stating ‘careful evaluation of our own and others’ data indicates that badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain'.

This massacre would cause untold suffering to badgers, and the ‘perturbation effect’ could cause TB outbreaks in surrounding areas (Defra 2007). Perturbation of other TB carrying species such as foxes, deer, rats, voles, mice and birds (Chambers 2009, Hardstaff and others 2012) could also further its spread.

Has a thorough disease risk analysis …

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