Leading scientists recently urged the Government to reconsider controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine tuberculosis.
More than 30 animal disease experts, including the president of the Zoological Society of London and professors from Oxbridge and Imperial College London, wrote a letter in the Observer arguing culling badgers could increase the problem of TB in cattle
We recognise the importance of eradicating bovine TB and agree that this will require tackling the disease in badgers. Unfortunately, culling badgers as planned is very unlikely to contribute to TB eradication. We therefore urge the government to reconsider its strategy.
– Professor Sir Patrick Bateson, Royal Society from the University of Cambridge
Shadow environment secretary, Mary Creagh, has welcomed an expected delay to the government's planned badger cull, she told the Guardian:
We warned the government that this cull was bad for farmers, bad for taxpayers and bad for wildlife. The badger cull showed how out of touch the government is and this delay shows ministers are too weak and incompetent to deliver it.
The controversial cull of badgers in England may be abandoned by the Government because of fast-rising killing costs, The Guardian has reported.
The newspaper quoted a Whitehall source, who said the president of the National Farmers Union believes the rising number of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset has made the impending cull too expensive.