Bovine tuberculosis has ranged in degree of impact to Great Britain over the past century, from the height of cattle infection in the 1930s to diminishing levels in the 1960s. However, with the outbreak of other livestock diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease, a rapid increase in bTB has appeared in Britain. This section aims to highlight the major events occurring regarding bTB in Great Britain.
Free shooting badger culls, currently used in Britain, is not considered by many scientists and animal rights activists to be the most humane or effective method of controlling bovine tuberculosis. There exists a number of different ways that this disease can potentially be controlled, and may be used in combination with badger culling for increased efficiency:
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In addition, alternatives to a free shooting method for culls may involve: