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Bovine TB
BVA position on bovine TB and badger culls
  1. Mark Jones1 and
  2. Alastair MacMillan2
  1. Born Free Foundation, Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 4QP
  2. Humane Society International/UK, 5 Underwood Street, London N1 7LY
  1. e-mail: markj{at}

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OVER the past three years, close to 4000 badgers have been killed across three licensed cull zones in Gloucestershire, Somerset and Dorset, as part of the Government's strategy for tackling bovine tuberculosis (TB) in cattle. Natural England recently announced the licensing of a further seven cull zones covering areas of Devon, Cornwall and Herefordshire, as well as additional zones in existing cull counties.

According to government targets, somewhere between 10,000 and 14,000 badgers could be killed this year, many by ‘controlled shooting’ (targeting free-roaming badgers at night with rifles), a method the BVA has rejected on the grounds that it hasn't been shown to be humane or …

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