resignation of NFU from TB Forum
19th October 2000
today (19 October 2000) expressed regret at the resignation of the
National Farmers Union (NFU) from the TB Forum.
Dr Elaine King
Conservation Officer for the NFBG, said: “The NFBG, along with
the RSPCA, the Wildlife Trusts and the Government's conservation
advisors, joined the Forum in the expectation that it would
provide an opportunity to find methods of controlling bovine TB in
cattle, other than killing badgers.”
“On 13th July 2000 we made it
clear, with the support of the RSPCA and the Wildlife Trusts, that
we would not accept the hijacking of the Forum to be used as a
method of levering Ministers into culling more and more badgers.
It is extremely sad that the NFU, deprived of the one tool which
obsesses it, has taken its ball away and now refuses to play a
part in finding a constructive way forward for solving the bovine
“The Government is
investing more than £34m into research primarily focused on
badgers. It is essential that the TB Forum concentrates on a Plan
B. This might include improved cattle husbandry, restrictions on
cattle movements, the marking of TB test dates on the cattle
passport and a better TB test for cattle.