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Badger cull in England extended to 40 areas to control tuberculosis

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | September 12, 2019
Britain   Culls will go ahead in new areas

Eleven new badger culling areas have been approved by Natural England as part of government efforts to control tuberculosis in cattle.

Topics: Badger England cull tuberculosis

Natural England has also authorised licence holders to resume operations in 29 existing areas.

Culls will go ahead in new areas around Bristol, Cheshire, Devon, Cornwall, Staffordshire, Dorset, Herefordshire and Wiltshire,

Those opposed to the cull say the practice is "ineffective and inhumane".

Farming minister George Eustice said: "Bovine TB remains the greatest animal health threat to the UK, costing taxpayers over £100m every year as well as causing devastation and distress for hard-working farmers and rural communities.

"There is no single measure that will provide an answer to beating this disease.

"That is why we have always been committed to a multi-pronged approach including proactive badger control, as well as other tools such as tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger vaccination."

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