Badger Cull Gets Go Ahead

WALES, UK - The High Court has supported the Welsh Assembly in its decision to implement a badger cull in West Wales.
calendar icon 16 April 2010
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Justice Lloyd Jones heard from representatives of both the Welsh Assembly and the Badger Trust late last month, and has today (16 April) decided that the TB Eradication Order is lawful.

This means that a targeted cull will begin in a few months time in West Wales. The cull is part of a comprehensive TB Eradication programme aimed at tackling all sources of the disease.

Reacting to the verdict, Wales’ Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones said: “We welcome the Court’s decision. Bovine TB is one of the biggest problems facing cattle farmers across Wales, and we have to tackle all sources of the disease. We are dealing with an epidemic that has serious consequences for us all and we must stamp it out.

“Over the past three years, with advice from experts, we have put in place a comprehensive programme to eradicate TB across Wales. This includes more testing of cattle, identifying and getting rid of the disease in cattle at an earlier stage and improving on farm practices.

“We need to read and digest this verdict. In the meantime, we will continue with the preparations in the pilot area.”

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