Badgers could be given contraceptive pill to fight TB spread

Defra are considering plans that could see badgers given an oral contraceptive pill to curb numbers in the ongoing debate about the badger cull.

Badgers could be given the contraceptive pill to fight the spread of TB. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The move is one possible alternative to culling put forward to control the spread of TB over concerns the infection passes from badgers to cattle.

In the draft strategy the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs says: "Proof-of-principle research into the application of fertility control using an injectable contraceptive is ongoing."

Other lethal and non-lethal strategies are also under review.