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Vets criticise government on TB proposals

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By Adele Waters

Vets are concerned that the government has not carefully thought through its proposals on controlling bovine TB.

They fear recent proposals to extend badger culling have been rushed through, lack an evidence base and mean culls are increasingly led by industry rather than government.

They also worry that the long-held ambition to eradicate bovine TB is being confused by a new – and unrealistic – ambition to eradicate the disease in wildlife too.

The issue was discussed at last week’s BVA Council meeting, as the association published its response to two government consultations – one on removing restrictions on culling licenses and one on extending badger culling in the area of the country where bovine TB is low risk. This would provide an option to commence culling should hot spots of infectivity occur.

Chairing the meeting, president John Fishwick said BVA’s policy committee had considered the government’s proposals for culling in the low-risk …

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