Government says results show badger culling reduces spread of disease

The Government says it is proven badger culling reduces spread of TB to cattle Photo: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Animal activists protested in Nottingham today against the badger cull proposed by the government for this autumn.

The cull of badgers is an attempt to reduce the spread of Bovine TB, which is a major problem for UK farmers.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) released this statement following today's protests:

“Nobody wants to cull badgers. But no country in the world where wildlife carries TB has eradicated the disease in cattle without tackling it in wildlife too. It forced the slaughter of 25,000 cattle in 2010 alone, and is taking a terrible toll on our farmers and rural communities.”

“The science is clear, and experts agree that provided culling done in the right way can lead to a reduction in TB in cattle. The latest results from the Randomised Badger Culling Trial have shown that, carried out over a sufficient area and for long enough, culling can reduce the spread of disease to cattle, with benefits remaining for years after the end of the culling period.”

– DEFRA