By Josh Loeb
The British Veterinary Zoological Society (BVZS) has changed its policy on the control of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle to officially state that badgers may sometimes need to be culled to help control the disease.
The association had previously argued that there was an absence of scientific evidence to support the view that such interventions could in any way contribute positively to the overall control of bTB in the cattle population.
The new BVZS position statement, agreed at the association’s annual conference in Manchester last weekend, acknowledges that there are some limited circumstances in which culling may be warranted.
However, the BVZS does not support the widespread badger culling currently taking place in parts of England and suggests culls should be considered only as a last resort.
The association has produced a flowchart setting out steps for reducing transmission of infection between badgers and cattle.