What is the current situation?
- Rapid outbreak of bovine tuberculosis in cattle in Great Britain
- 14.3% cattle infected in Southwest Britain
- 6.4% cattle infected on average for rest of country
- All bTB-positive cows MUST be culled (euthanized for disease eradication)
- Due to potential risk to humans
- To prevent infectious spread to other cattle
- Major losses to producers that need to cull livestock herds
- Taxpayers -> $$
- British government implements policies to cull badgers
Why cull badgers?
- Badgers deemed significant wildlife vector for bTB transmission to cattle
Why is it so controversial?
- Badgers not only bTB source
- Scientific reports question effectiveness of current badger culls to stamp out bTB
- Negative welfare implications to badgers from method of cull
Read on to find out more about badger culling in the UK…