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Bovine TB
BVA policy on bovine TB and badger control
  1. Mark Jones1,
  2. Marc Abraham2,
  3. Caroline Allen3,
  4. Heather Bacon4,
  5. Fiona Dalzell5,
  6. Richard Edwards6,
  7. Phill Elliott7,
  8. Bruce Fogle8,
  9. Joe Inglis9,
  10. Andrew Knight10,
  11. Joanne Lewis11,
  12. Alastair MacMillan12,
  13. Iain McGill13,
  14. Andre Menache14,
  15. Peter Southgate15 and
  16. Paul Torgerson16
  1. 1Humane Society International/UK, 5 Underwood Street, London N1 7LY
  2. 2Grove Lodge Veterinary Group, 21 Southwick Street, Southwick, Brighton BN42 4AD
  3. 3226-228 Essex Road, London N1 3AP
  4. 419/5 Polwarth Crescent, Edinburgh EH11 1HR
  5. 52 Littlewood Cottages, School Road, Norwich, Norfolk NR8 6EP
  6. 6Foxfield, Slindon Bottom Road, Fontwell, West Sussex BN18 0SN
  7. 79 Hunt Road, Earls Colne, Essex CO6 2NX
  8. 886 York Street, London W1H 1QS
  9. 9c/o June Ford-Crush, PO Box 57948, London W4 2UJ
  10. 10189 Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8JZ
  11. 11138 Chobham Road, Sunningdale, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 0HU
  12. 12Pointers, West Chiltington Road, Pulborough, West Sussex RH20 2EE
  13. 1381 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton BN1 7JL
  14. 14Flat 5, 49 Granville Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 1HB
  15. 15c/o Fish Vet Group, 22 Carsegate Road, Inverness IV3 8EX
  16. 16Section of Epidemiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurestrasse, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. e-mail: mjones{at}

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THE BVA's position of support for the forthcoming pilot culls of badgers in the west of England is, we believe, not representative of majority scientific or veterinary opinion.

As members of the veterinary profession, we are deeply concerned that the shooting of free-roaming badgers at night with shotguns and rifles is very likely to have detrimental welfare impacts on a large number of individual badgers, which may be shot, maimed and severely injured, but not killed outright. The natural behaviour of …

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