New research on badger cull damage

PUBLISHED: 12:00 13 July 2014

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CONCERNS over the legitimacy of the badger cull have been renewed afresh, as research suggests the cull made TB worse.

Animal welfare charities have also criticised the Government by refusing to assess the impact of severe flooding on colony numbers.

Humane Society International (HSI) UK executive director Mark Jones said: “Many badger setts will have been engulfed by water, and cubs will have been at risk of drowning.

“It’s quite possible that hundreds of badgers in a local area could have died.”

Now, research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) suggests distressed badgers would flee the cull zone, effectively spreading any disease.

The research claims surviving badgers are likely to spread out and so increase the chance of contact with badgers from other social groups.

Mr Jones added: “So we urge farmers to make a fresh start and pledge to be badger-friendly by vaccinating not persecuting badgers on their land.

“If they don’t, they may well be condemning themselves and their neighbours to an even worse cattle TB future.”

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