John Rolls, RSPCA director of animal welfare promotion, said: "Any attempt at badger culling
flies in the face of sound scientific judgement.
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badgers over such a prolonged period and failing to meet the required targets is likely to have worsened the bTB situation at a cost of millions of pounds, whilst putting the local badger populations at significant risk.
In Wales, culling
was rejected by then-Environment Minister John Griffiths in favour of a badger vaccination programme.
A long-term study found that culling
over a number of years on a large scale could reduce the incidence of TB in cattle herds by 16%.
is not the answer and, sadly, it is not only the badger which will pay the price of this mistake.
claims in newspaper advertisements have been ruled untrue and unsubstantiated by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).
Eradicating badgers in an attempt to control TB in cattle is effective in the culling
zones but increases incidences of the disease in surrounding areas, according to research published yesterday.
Meanwhile Northumberland, Durham and Tees Valley Durham wildlife trusts are calling for the Government to drop badger culling
from its proposed strategy to tackle bovine TB in England.
THE Farmers' Union of Wales has demanded a fresh assessment of randomised badger culling
trials carried out in 2007.
Lord Krebs, who conducted a major review into badgers and bovine TB in the 1990s and recommended a trial cull which took place over the following 10 years, said he did not think culling
was "an effective policy".
A NEW report into the financial impact of badger culling
has called into question the Assembly Government's strategy for tackling cattle TB in Wales.