Badgers Set For Targeted Culls
Coalition agreement likely to delight farmers but enrage animal welfare
are preparing to order targeted badger culls in England in a move that will
delight farmers who believe it the prime factor in the spread of TB through
their dairy herds – and enrage many animal welfare groups.
coalition agreement released by Downing Street today says: "As part
of a package of measures, we will introduce a carefully managed and science-led
policy of badger control in areas with high and persistent levels of bovine
is due to start in west Wales soon, after a failed legal challenge by critics.
But the previous Labour administration ruled out the measure in England,
insisting scientific research suggested it could actually help spread the
disease faster as animals fled the kill zones.
David King, chief scientific adviser for some of the past 13 years, said
culling could be successful in contained areas. Ministers have always been
wary, though, of public opposition to killing members of a species which
is protected by law.
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, , confirmed that it would develop
plans for the culls.