Bovine Tb

Pilot Badger Culls Are an Important Part of a Wider Strategy to Tackle Bovine TB

Meurig Raymond | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

Bovine TB continues to devastate farming family businesses in large parts of the country. I can assure you that the NFU remains totally committed firstly to stopping the spread and ultimately to eradicating this disease and recognises that this will only be achieved by using every available option.

Farmer David Barton Forced to Shoot Beloved Cattle

Meurig Raymond | Posted 12.07.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

David invited us to his farm to video the tragic events unfolding. The result is an emotionally charged yet shocking video. We make no apologies for that. This is the distressing reality that farmers like David are having to face as bovine TB continues to devastate farming families across large parts of the country.

Bovine TB Devastates Dorset Dairy Farm

Meurig Raymond | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK
Meurig Raymond

More has to be done to stop bovine TB from destroying farming businesses and the livelihoods of the families that run them. And this must include dealing with the disease in badgers as well as in cattle.

Why Those Against the Badger Cull Have Got It Wrong

Adam Quinney | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Politics
Adam Quinney

Bovine TB is a hugely complex disease. But the key points about it are quite simple - it's an infectious disease; it's endemic in some areas of the country; it's posing a huge threat to our beef and dairy farmers; and while cattle are slaughtered to stop its spread nothing is being done to control it in wildlife. You'll hear opponents of the cull repeatedly state as fact that there is no scientific basis for a cull and leading scientists don't support the policy. This simply isn't true.

It's Started

Posted 27.08.2013 | UK

The controversial badger cull is underway, farmers have confirmed. The pilot scheme started on Tuesday in west Gloucestershire and west Somerset, w...

Cameron's Cull and the Subtle Art of Deception

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

All rumours and intel suggest that the controversial badger cull looks set to start this Bank Holiday Monday. Whilst many will be enjoying BBQs, weekends away or even just some good old Bank Holiday DIY, others will be cleaning their rifles, sorting their body bags, putting on their hunting gear and heading to the South West.

Vet -"It Felt Like I'd Turned Up and Just Destroyed His Life's Work"

Adam Quinney | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK
Adam Quinney

The emotional impact of bovine TB is not just restricted to the farmers who have to deal with it on a daily basis.

TB Meat or Not TB, That Is the Question - The Answer? Who Knows...

Philip Mansbridge | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK
Philip Mansbridge

Fresh from the horse meat scandal, DEFRA has found itself in a new controversy, having again failed the British consumer in food traceability and labelling. The public now knows that over 20,000 cattle infected with bovine TB enter the food chain in the UK each year, and the government doesn't know where they go, where they are sold, and who is eating them.

Bovine TB 'May Be In Some Milk'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

Milk as well as meat from cattle infected with bovine tuberculosis (bTB) may have entered the UK food chain. Last week a farmer was fined nearly £...

Government Sells Diseased Meat For Food

Posted 30.06.2013 | UK

Diseased cattle that was slaughtered after testing positive for bovine tuberculosis is being sold for human consumption by the government. The raw ...

Seal Infected With TB After Being Bitten By Infected Animal

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.06.2013 | UK

Scientists believe they have discovered the first case in the world of a seal with bovine TB after being bitten by an animal infected with the killer ...

David Cameron Vs National Treasures: David Attenborough and Badgers Win Hands Down

Luke Massey | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics
Luke Massey

Cameron may have realised the depths of his troubles when he found out he wasn't just taking on one national treasure but two. As if badgers weren't beloved enough, Sir David Attenborough has joined a musical supergroup consisting of Brian May, Slash, Shara Nelson and others as they enter the charts this week on an anti-cull ticket.

Looking at the Badger Issue with a Fresh Pair of Eyes

Simon Howarth | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK
Simon Howarth

The vaccination, like all vaccinations, will not cure any badgers that have already been infected. If the percentage of badgers with infection is particularly high in one area, it may already be too late to use the vaccination there. Vaccinating the badgers in these areas will have very little effect on the spread of bTB to cattle, and will cost a vast amount of money.

A Badger Cull Will Help Make Our Countryside TB Free

Adam Quinney | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK
Adam Quinney

It's important to put paid to some of the other myths that have grown up around this issue. The most up to date scientific advice available shows that a programme that tackles TB on all fronts at the same time, including in wildlife, will significantly reduce the problem. What's happened in other countries backs this up.

Parliamentary Vote Opposes Badger Cull Proposal

Henry Smith | Posted 30.12.2012 | UK Politics
Henry Smith

There are three principle reasons why I was one of those Members to ask a House of Commons business scheduling committee for a debate on the proposed badger cull and why spoke and voted against a cull in the debate I secured on the floor of the House last Thursday.

Badger Cull Facts And Figures

PA | Posted 14.10.2012 | UK

Here are some key facts and figures surrounding the debate over controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine tuberculosis (TB). Figures come...

The Problem Isn't Badgers, It's (Politically Led?) Bad Science

Hilary Burrage | Posted 19.11.2012 | UK Politics
Hilary Burrage

National Farmers' Union and the majority of farmers - but not all - may believe that badger culls will do the trick, and a lot of politicians want to keep the farmers onside. And it will probably pay electoral dividends for a while. But longer term this 'solution' is could even make things worse...

Badger Campaigners Vow to Fight On After Court Defeat

PA | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK

A challenge to culls which will kill thousands of badgers has failed at the Court of Appeal. The Badger Trust had attacked Mr Justice Ouseley's dec...

Why Was A Large Man Dressed As A Badger Spotted At Westminster?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 29.04.2012 | UK Politics

Naturalist Bill Oddie took a man dressed up as a badger to Westminster on Tuesday morning to protest at the government's decision to cull the animals....

Twenty Years on From the Protection of Badgers Act, Britain's Badgers Face an Uncertain Future

Mark Jones | Posted 25.03.2012 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

As we welcome in 2012, ironically the 20th anniversary of the 1992 Protection of Badgers Act, hard times loom for Britain's badgers.

Watch Out, Caroline Spelman's About...

pa | Posted 12.02.2012 | UK Politics

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman is to announce further plans to tackle bovine TB in badgers. In July the Government revealed controversial p...

Badger Cull Proposals Set To Become Political Spat

The Huffington Post UK | George Sandeman | Posted 19.10.2011 | UK Politics

The Labour Party's announcement that they want the government to review its decision to cull badgers suggests the animals' fate is about to become a p...

Government Cover Up On Badger Slaughter Opposition

Mark Jones | Posted 07.10.2011 | UK Politics
Mark Jones

Caroline Spelman's announcement of the Government's intention to sanction the slaughter of badgers last week was devastating, not only because of the obvious implications for the future of one of our most iconic wild mammals, but because once again she has ridden rough shod over the opinion of scientists and the public.

Government Has Got it Wrong on Badger Cull

Mary Creagh | Posted 19.09.2011 | UK Politics
Mary Creagh

Bovine TB is a terrible disease. Last year alone 25,000 cattle were slaughtered in England at a cost of £90 million to the taxpayer in testing and compensation for farmers. In hotspot areas like the South West, the toll on farmers and the rural community is immense. The Coalition Agreement promised farmers a science-led approach on bovine TB. With these proposals the government has turned their back on the science. The Environment Secretary has achieved the almost impossible. With the forests sell-off, her inept handling of wild animals in circuses and now an ill thought-out badger cull she has shot herself in the foot not once but 3 times. A hat trick unmatched by any other minister.

Spelman Faces Badger Cull Battle

epolitix.com | Posted 18.09.2011 | UK

A set piece statement in the House of Commons is hard to file in the 'burying bad news' category, but it looks as thought the government is using the ...