NI badger cull scheme ‘risks spreading TB’

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A pilot scheme to selectively cull badgers testing positive for tuberculosis risks spreading the disease further, scientists have warned.

The new bovine TB control strategy to be piloted in Northern Ireland will carry out live tests on badgers with the aim of vaccinating healthy animals and culling infected ones, as part of efforts to reduce the disease in livestock.

Badgers can spread TB to cattle, and in England the Government has gone ahead with controversial pilots in Gloucestershire and Somerset for large-scale culling, which a long-term “randomised badger culling trial” showed could reduce infection in herds.

 

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