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Simon Doherty, president of the BVA, responds
  1. Simon Doherty
  1. President, BVA, 15 Hatfields, London SE1 8DJ
  1. e-mail: bvahq{at}

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Halting the spread of bovine TB (bTB) is essential and the BVA continues to support a comprehensive and evidence-based approach to tackling this devastating disease. It is vital that we use every available tool in the toolbox to support the government’s aim to make England TB free – only by adopting a range of measures will we see a sustained improvement in the current disease level in cattle.

We therefore support the principle of badger control where there is a demonstrated need and where it is done safely, …

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