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Bovine TB
Badger culling extensions
  1. Mark Jones1,
  2. Caroline Allen2,
  3. Bronwen Eastwood3,
  4. Phill Elliott4,
  5. Andrew Knight5,
  6. Iain McGill6,
  7. Richard Saunders7 and
  8. Paul Torgerson8
  1. 1Humane Society International/UK, 5 Underwood Street, London N1 7LY
  2. 2226-228 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 3AP
  3. 3Wilbury Veterinary Surgery, 20 Wilbury Avenue, Hove,  East Sussex BN3 6HR
  4. 49 Hunt Road, Earls Colne, Essex CO6 2NX
  5. 5189 Liberty Place, Sheepcote Street, Birmingham B16 8JZ
  6. 681 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 7JL
  7. 733 Cleeve Road, Bristol BS4 2JR
  8. 8Section of Epidemiology, Vetsuisse Faculty, University of Zurich, Winterthurerstrasse, 8057 Zurich, Switzerland
  1. e-mail: mjones{at}

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WE were very concerned to see the statement from the BVA on November 5 indicating its agreement with the Chief Veterinary Officer's (CVO's) advice to ministers justifying extensions to the pilot badger culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

There is significant concern among scientists with considerable expertise in the impact of culling badgers on the incidence of bovine TB in cattle that extending culling over a prolonged period makes the outcome (in terms of its impact on the incidence of bovine TB in cattle) less predictable, and indeed could make matters worse. In light of this scientific uncertainty, the BVA's endorsement of the …

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