The RSPCA has announced that it is “extremely dismayed” to learn that the Government will only be vaccinating badgers against bovine TB in a limited area of Gloucestershire, rather than the six areas originally planned.

The RSPCA has announced that it is “extremely dismayed” to learn that the Government is only going to vaccinate badgers against bovine TB in a limited area of Gloucestershire, rather than six areas in Staffordshire, Herefordshire/Worcestershire and Devon as was originally planned.

RSPCA extremely dismayed by vaccination changeResponding to the DEFRA announcement that vaccinations would only be taking place in the area near Stroud, an RSPCA spokesman said: “We believe this is a very short-sighted policy. Using the recently-approved badger vaccine is an important step in the right direction.

“Vaccinating badgers combined with increasing the level of cattle testing, improving biosecurity and imposing stricter controls on the movement of cattle are the ways most likely to be sustainable and effective in reducing the incidence of bovine TB.

“On the basis of the current science, welfare concerns, and a realistic assessment of what is practical, any decision for a widespread cull of badgers would be totally unacceptable to the RSPCA.”

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