Killing thousands more badgers won’t eradicate TB in cattle

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The decision to expand badger culling as a key plank of the UK government’s strategy to wipe out tuberculosis in cattle is disappointing and flies in the face of evidence that it won’t eradicate the disease.

This isn’t just a continuation of the previous cull, but an expansion. Up to 33,000 badgers are set to be killed in parts of England over the next six weeks under licences granted to groups of farmers. Culling now covers over 8000 square kilometres of farmland.

Several countries have eradicated bovine TB, which can devastate cattle farm

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