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Bovine TB
Tackling bovine TB
  1. Mark Jones,
  2. Fiona Dalzell,
  3. Richard Edwards,
  4. Phill Elliott,
  5. Geoff Hale,
  6. Sophie Hill,
  7. Jo Hinde,
  8. Andrew Knight,
  9. Joanne Lewis,
  10. Andre Menache,
  11. Judy Puddifoot,
  12. Richard Saunders,
  13. Guda van der Burgt,
  14. Iain McGill,
  15. Elisa Allen,
  16. Dominic Dyer,
  17. Philip Mansbridge,
  18. Lorraine Platt and
  19. Toni Shephard
  1. c/o Born Free Foundation, Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 4QP
  2. Prion Interest Group, 81 Stanmer Park Road, Brighton BN1 7JL
  3. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, PO Box 70315, London N1P 2RG
  4. Badger Trust, Scandia-Hus Business Park, 11a, Felcourt, East Grinstead, West Sussex RH19 2LP
  5. International Fund for Animal Welfare, 87-90 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UD
  6. Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation, 207 Regent Street, London W1B 3BR
  7. Animal Equality, Edinburgh House, 170 Kennington Lane, London SE11 5DP
  1. email: markj{at}
  2. email: iain{at}

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On 18 December Defra revealed that during 2018, 32,601 badgers were killed, bringing the total number slaughtered under licence since 2013 to almost 67,000.1

‘Effectiveness’ claims relate not to the impact on cattle TB, but rather to the ability of the contracted shooters to kill sufficient badgers to satisfy their licence requirements, which they can hardly fail to reach given that target numbers are ‘adjusted’ by Natural England part-way through the culls according to the contractors’ progress.

Sixty per cent of the badgers have been …

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