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VETS accused the government of telling “bare-faced lies” today about the effectiveness and cost of slaughtering badgers to prevent the spread of bovine tuberculosis (TB).
The veterinary surgeons examined government claims following a badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Vet Dr Iain McGill said that scientific evidence showed that incidence of bovine TB increased after the cull rather than decrease.
“The current situation in the cull zone says there is an increased prevalence,” he said. “Badger culling has not worked. They are issuing bare-faced lies in this matter.”
It is estimated that after taking into account administration, equipment, storage, training, monitoring, policing and legal costs, the cost of trapping and shooting a badger is more than £1,000 per animal.
So far 20,000 have been slaughtered, and licences have been granted to kill 75,000.
Green Party spokesman on animal rights, Keith Taylor MEP said: “I’m pleased to see vets challenging the government over its lies about the badger cull. They are among the very experts we need to see speaking out on this abuse of animals and science.
“The lies they have exposed are the same ones the Green Party has been calling out for months.
“Ministers’ attempts to massage the stats and mislead the public has never been able to mask the truth that the badger cull is an extortionately expensive, inhumane project that continues to fail because it is premised on a bad reading of the science.”
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