A new scientific paper, published in the Veterinary Record, has rigorously analysed government bTB surveillance data and concludes that culling badgers has had no effect on reducing bovine TB in cattle. Instead, incidences of bTB reduction were due to cattle measures implemented either before the cull ever began, or during the cull period.
Defra says the new study’s conclusion is based on a ‘manipulation’ of data and doesn’t reflect the reality of the situation.
We do not agree.
Who is right, and what does the new study mean for the future of the cull and bTB management?
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