The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly welcomed the announcement of a pilot badger cull and stricter cattle measures in Wales in the bid to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has strongly welcomed the announcement of a pilot badger cull and stricter cattle measures in Wales in the bid to tackle the spread of bovine tuberculosis.

Nicky PaullNicky Paull, past president of the association, said: “The BVA has been very supportive of the Welsh Assembly Government’s (WAG) commitment to tackling bovine tuberculosis and we are delighted that the pilot cull and stricter cattle measures have been announced.

“We are pleased that the WAG recognises that the targeted cull must take place alongside stricter cattle measures as there is no single solution to tackling this devastating disease. Farmers will also have to understand the huge importance of implementing the stricter cattle measures.

“The rest of the UK will be watching the pilot cull with interest and we applaud the Welsh Assembly Government and Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales for taking such a bold step.”

The BVA’s policy position on bovine tuberculosis is available here.

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