News about Badgers in the UK
Home Shop Animals Pictures Help Seeing Groups Education News Search Books
Badgerland External 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 1998 1997 1996
Finding Badgers?
Buy our Finding Evidence of Badgers booklet

Restrictions oncattle 'unacceptable'

Do you want to learn or teach people about badgers?


3rd June 2003 - Robert Brooks - The Journal

Beef farmers say the Government must not impose "unacceptable" movement restrictions to stop the spread of TB to other cattle, but encourage testing of animals instead.

The Department of Environment and Rural Affairs is considering ring fencing TB hot spot areas and imposing movement restrictions forbidding the delivery of cattle to farms beyond their boundaries.

At present, under the so-called Krebs Trials, the Government is investigating the role of badgers, which are thought to carry the disease between herds, in the outbreak.

The trials are due to end in 2004, when Ministers will then decide how to tackle the spread of bovine TB.

But the National Beef Association says current control measures are putting a huge strain on the industry, and restrictions are not the most effective way of dealing with the problem.

Instead, they want the Government to reduce the risk by encouraging the pre-movement testing of animals from known hot spot zones and by agreeing to meet all testing costs instead.

... continued

Copyright and Trade Mark Notice

owned by or licensed to Trinity Mirror Plc 2003
icNewcastleTM is a trade mark of Trinity Mirror Plc.
Please read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Statement before using this site.
RSPB Spotlight on Badgers book
James Lowen explores the lives of badgers and their communal living, feeding habits and threats to their conservation. Click here to buy:
Paperback edition
Kindle edition
External News

We have provided links to stories from external news organisations so you can follow the media interest in badgers, and see who writes on the subject. We do not endorse external authors.