The BVA has expressed its disappointment after the Welsh Assembly Government announced a review of the scientific evidence base regarding the eradication of bovine TB in Wales.
The BVA has expressed its extreme disappointment after the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announced a review of the scientific evidence base regarding the eradication of bovine TB in Wales.
In an oral statement, environment and sustainable development minister John Griffiths said the chief scientific advisor Prof John Harries will appoint an independent panel of experts to peer review the scientific evidence. The panel will report in the autumn.
BVA past president Professor Bill Reilly said: “We are extremely disappointed that this additional review has been deemed necessary by the new Government. If new evidence is presented it must be considered, but we are not aware of any.
“The Welsh Assembly Government has already taken extensive action to show that the scientific basis for a badger cull as part of the bovine TB eradication plan is robust. The facts have not changed and this is yet another look at the same evidence.
“The BVA has made its position clear and the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has made her position clear. Further delays to the roll out of the eradication programme will simply cause further devastation to Welsh cattle herds.”
The Welsh Assembly Government press release can be found here.
For the BVA position on tackling bovine TB, click here.