The development of legislation dealing with badger culling for bTB control is extremely complex as multiple issues need to be considered (Garner et al., 2007):

  • Potential risk to human health
  • Consumers worried over contaminated livestock
  • Adequate funding for vaccines and being able to diagnose bTB
  • Impact on economic relationship with trading partners
  • Epidemiological and economic models
  • Public opinion

Currently there are a number of policies and regulations regarding this issue, described in the following posts. However, at the moment there is no United Kingdom wide policy implemented.

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