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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.
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