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Bovine TB
Wales to selectively target badgers in the fight against bovine TB

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WALES is to introduce selective badger culling where it is thought they are contributing to the persistence of bovine TB in chronic herd breakdown.

The Welsh Government made the announcement last week, as part of a range of measures to break the cycle of infection between badgers and cattle, including cage trapping, and humanely killing infected badgers.

Announcing the programme in the Welsh Assembly, Lesley Griffiths, cabinet secretary for environment and rural affairs, said: ‘In some of these chronic breakdowns, badgers may be identified as part of the problem. Unless we accept these herds remaining persistently infected, we must find ways to break the cycle of infection between badgers and cattle.

‘This is a new approach and is not a repeat of the reactive culling previously used in England,’ she added.

Ms Griffiths explained that Wales would be taking a regionalised approach to bovine TB, which will be introduced as part of a new TB eradication programme.

From October 1, Wales is to be divided into High, Intermediate and Low TB areas …

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