Minister signals Devon and Cornwall badger TB cull
20 May 2010 - BBC News
A cull of badgers is to be introduced in Devon and Cornwall to combat bovine
TB in cattle, Farming Minister Jim Paice promised at
the Devon County Show. The government says it is examining how best to roll out
the policy, with a pilot vaccination scheme due to start across England this
month. Badgers are blamed by many farmers for spreading TB, which affects
cattle. The South West, west of England and Wales have been worst affected.
Paice said: "We are working on how we pull the science together and how we
make sure that it is properly co-ordinated. We've got to find the right
locations to identify the hot spot areas. We've got to work out who is going to
do the culling and how it's going to be co-ordinated."
Jack Reedy, of the
Badger Trust, said he did not think a cull would go ahead.
"If they were going to be led by the most reputable science they wouldn't even
be thinking about it," he said. Mr Reedy said trials had shown "any benefit
would be very short term" and would "evaporate 18 months after the culling
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