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Protecting vaccinated badgers from culling

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‘No-cull’ zones could be established around badger vaccination sites in England under plans drawn up by Defra.

Setting out its proposals in a consultation document on 15 May, Defra explained that current guidance on licensed badger control does not describe in detail how badger vaccination and culling should be deployed in a complementary manner, particularly when they take place on adjacent land.

To reduce the risk of vaccinated badgers being killed if they subsequently enter a cull zone, Defra is proposing that no-cull zones are used to protect active vaccination sites in the edge area of England. However, it says that not all vaccination sites will warrant no-cull zones and sets out minimum criteria that must be met before a no-cull zone will be …

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