Rationale For Cull

Why should badgers be culled?

  • Rising infection ratesĀ of bTB in cattle in Britain may be correlated with lack of badger population control
  • Badger culling in Ireland effective (Kao, 2012)
  • Acoording to Defra (Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs):
    • To protect public health
    • To enhance animal welfare and health
    • To meet European Union’s food safety regulations
    • To decrease costs to farmers and taxpayers

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