North Devon escapes badger cull
Finance Minister Jim Paice confirms that North Devon will not be included in the pilot badger cull
IT HAS been confirmed by DEFRA that North Devon will not be included in the pilot badger culls.
In an announcement this morning, DEFRA confirmed that the badger cull pilot areas would be in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire.
The cull comes as part of an attempt to control the spread of bovine TB.
In 2010, 25,000 cattle had to be slaughtered as a result of the disease, which is believed to be spread by badgers infected with it.
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Landowners and farmers in the selected pilot areas will be able to apply for a license to tackle the impact of the disease.
Agricultural Minister Jim Paice stated: “Nobody wants to cull badgers. But no country in the world where wildlife carries TB has eradicated the disease in cattle without tackling it in wildlife too.
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These two pilots are just part of a wide range of activity on bovine TB. We already have robust measures to control its spread amongst cattle, which we plan to strengthen further, and are continuing to work hard on the development of practical and usable vaccines.”
Should the pilot be successful, the measures could be continued nationwide.