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Bovine TB (bTB) costs the UK millions of pounds every year and The Wildlife Trusts 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. We believe the Government should put biosecurity and vaccination at the centre of efforts to tackle this disease rather than a badger cull.
The Wildlife Trusts believe that Defra should pursue the following as a matter of priority:
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.
Somerset Wildlife Trust plans to vaccinate badgers, where there is an active sett on our nature reserves that fall within the trial cull area, to ensure the Trust plays its part in controlling the reservoir of disease in badgers on Trust land.
Somerset Wildlife Trust activity includes:
Read the latest news and Somerset Wildlife Trust responses.
This page responds to some of the most commonly asked questions about badgers and Bovine TB.
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The Independant Expert Panel report
For more information about the Independant Expert Panel (IEP) and to download the IEP report click here.
Defra's draft bTB eradication strategy
Download The Wildlife Trusts' response to Defra's draft bTB eradication strategy.
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