Bovine TB (bTB) costs the UK millions of pounds every year and we recognise the hardship that it causes in the farming community and the need to find the right mechanisms to control the disease. However, we believe that a badger cull is not the answer. Instead the Government should put biosecurity and vaccination at the centre of efforts to tackle this disease.
The Wildlife Trusts call on the Government to take immediate action to:
- Reduce cattle-to-cattle transmission of bovine TB - the major cause of infection - by tightening movement controls on cattle even further
- Accelerate research into cattle vaccination
- Improve testing regimes for cattle
- Invest in more research into better techniques for early detection of TB in cattle
- Ensure higher standards of biosecurity on farms and link this to cross-compliance for subsidy payments
- Secure alternative sources of badger vaccine and speed up the approval process so that suspended vaccination programmes can resume as soon as possible
This briefing on Bovine TB and Vaccination explains why The Wildlife Trusts believe biosecurity and vaccination should be at the centre of efforts to tackle this disease.
Find out how Science tells us that culling is not the answer.
You can also find further information on science and the cull here
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