NATURE CHARITIES URGE UK GOVERNMENT TO FOCUS AWAY FROM BADGERS WHEN LOOKING AT TUBERCULOSIS
Seven nature charities have come together to tell the British government to look at other ways of tackling bovine tuberculosis rather than blaming badgers.
The Godfray review showed government was focused on badger culling which has distracted from other measures.
Professor Godfray’s review states that ‘it is wrong… to over-emphasise the role of wildlife.’
The Wildlife and Countryside Link say the "Government’s blinkered assumption that the cull is essential, means that vital research and investment into options such as badger vaccination, are not receiving the attention they deserve.
"Vaccination alone could achieve a triple whammy win - more effectively reducing bTB in badgers, saving the taxpayer and farmers money, and stopping the senseless killing of one of our most iconic wildlife species."
Dr Elaine King, Director of Wildlife and Countryside Link, said: "Continuing to kill badgers without properly trialling badger vaccination is like playing poker blind, and relying on the flawed cattle skin test to identify TB infection is like playing Russian roulette with half the bullets left in the gun.
"Unless the Government fully investigates and invests in badger vaccination trials, better cattle testing, and better control of cow-to-cow infection, it will be gambling with our cattle industry’s future."