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Bovine TB
Use of controlled shooting in the pilot badger culls

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THE BVA has expressed its disappointment at reports that the Government has decided to continue using controlled shooting as a culling method in the two pilot badger culls being conducted in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The BVA's Council recently decided that the Association should withdraw its support for the use of controlled shooting on the grounds that it had not been demonstrated conclusively that this culling method was humane or effective (VR, April 25, 2015, vol 176, p 423). The BVA called for the two pilot culls to be completed using cage trapping and shooting only, and for badger culling using cage trapping and shooting to be rolled out to other areas where badgers contributed to a high incidence …

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