Badgers are ‘clearly a source of cattle tb’, but evaluation of data indicates that culling ‘can make no meaningful contribution’ to control of cattle tb in Britain
Scientific findings indicate that the rising incidence of the disease can be reversed and geographical spread contained by the rigid application of cattle-based control measures alone
defra pledges to continue to work with stakeholders to reach a final policy decision
bva rejects a suggestion that vets are ‘not interested’ in the scientific findings
nfu argues that better testing and tighter controls will be ‘worthless’ unless something is done to stop ‘the relentless cycle of reinfection’ of cattle by badgers in hotspot areas
— These are some of the conclusions in — and reactions to — the final report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle tb, which was published on June 18
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