"There is no single measure that will provide an easy answer and that is why we are pursuing a wide range of interventions including cattle movement controls and a cull
of badgers in areas where disease is rife."
THE Government has announced an extension of the badger cull
in its efforts to eradicate bovine TB.
is the most cost-effective way of stopping the spread of this disease among cattle.
George Eustice told the Commons that applications to be involved in the latest cull
were received from north Devon and Herefordshire, adding "there are many other interested parties" which can be considered in the future.
The guitarist has asked for culls
to stop while he seeks a judicial review.
The two four-year pilot culls
in Somerset and Gloucestershire should be completed using the "tried and tested" method of trapping the badgers in cages and then shooting them, the BVA urged.
have so far cost around PS4,000 per dead badger - a terrible waste of money.
In November, despite the pilot culls
failing to meet their targets, Farming Minister George Eustice told an NFU tenant farmers' conference: "We are minded to go on next year and roll the cull
out more widely," Lydia says: "The cull
will be rolled out nationally and Warwickshire is at high risk."
ANIMAL campaigners are celebrating victory after the Government called off the badger cull
A Defra spokeswoman said: "The culls
were carefully designed and monitored to make sure there is absolutely no risk of local extinction."
If the culls
- delayed last year by bad weather, the need for police to focus on the Olympics and new information on badger numbers - are judged to be effective and humane, culling could be rolled out across TB "hotspot" areas.
Queen star Brian May yesterday urged the Government to stop "monstrous" plans to cull
thousands of badgers in a bid to tackle bovine TB.
Led by rock star Brian May, the 2,000 animal welfare supporters wore cardboard badger masks and chanted "stop the cull
" in protest at pilot culls
in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset.
As a result, farmers could not be confident they could cull
enough badgers this year and two pilot culls
that were due to start imminently will now take place next summer.
Government proposals for pilot culls
are the worst possible outcome and will do nothing to halt the spread of bovine TB.