Badger cull will not work

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Sir: In response to your article ‘NFU still committed to ‘comprehensive’ badger cull’ (, 26 October), I’d like to point out that the ‘most recent science’ indicates that culling is not effective whatsoever, only temporarily alleviates a small proportion of the problem (16%, meaning that 84% of the problem/cause remains), and increases incidents of bTB in areas surrounding the cull.

There is not one iota of scientific information that supports the efficacy of badger culling as any type of a solution to this problem. Such efforts to support a badger cull should be actually redirected to legalising a cattle vaccine, which is the ONLY solution to this problem.

Why isn’t the NFU vigorously campaigning for cattle vaccination? It is interesting to note that this is NOT a human health issue, but an economic one for the beef/dairy industry. One would think that the logical solution of cattle vaccination would be high on the NFU’s agenda.

J Brown

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  • I fail to understand how a badger cull will prevent TB when this is happening...

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  • Hear hear! To J Brown's comment, I would also like to press the NFU on this issue. Perhaps you could put that very point to them.
    This is not a human health issue, it is indeed an economic one for the beef/dairy industry. So why arn't the NFU pushing for vaccination of cattle in? Is this political?!

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