Trust speaks out on badger cull
THE National Trust has explained why it has raised concerns over the badger culls taking place in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Recognising that dealing with bovine TB is a complex problem, with strongly held views on all sides, the Trust says it is uniquely placed on this issue with a strong interest in both farming and nature conservation.
The organisation says it has always been clear that it supports an evidence-based approach to this important issue – which is why it has voiced its concerns over the Government's pilot culls.
Patrick Begg, who leads on bovine TB at the Trust, said: "The Trust's position on tackling bovine TB is clear – we are in favour of what will work to solve the problem that is affecting so many of our tenants and farmers across the country.
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"We know from previous studies that this means increasing and intensifying surveillance to pick up infection early, introducing tighter controls on risky cattle movements, and improving biosecurity in farms.
"To complement these efforts and to deal with the reservoir of disease in wildlife, we also believe that vaccination – of both badgers and cattle – will play a significant role."