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Licence for more badger culling

Natural England has today confirmed that criteria have been met to allow control of badgers to continue under licence in west Somerset for the purpose of preventing the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

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The badger cull – what we know and what we don’t know

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. Other animals can get bTB too. In Britain, some people think the native badger (Meles meles) is … Continue reading

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Bovine TB in New Zealand compared to Britain and Ireland

Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is an infectious disease of cattle (Bos primigenius) caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis. You could follow my ‘tuberculosis’ tag. This disease is zoonotic. That is, M. bovis can infect us as well as cattle. Not very … Continue reading

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How people get bovine tuberculosis. Or don’t get it.

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB). It’s caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium bovis. Other animals including the wild badger (Meles meles) can get bTB. Some people think badgers are a reservoir of the disease … Continue reading

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Tuberculosis in cattle and people

Here in Britain some cattle (Bos primigenius) get bovine tuberculosis (bTB). Symptoms are mild until after the bacterium (Mycobacterium bovis) spreads through the animal’s body. But even in its early stages bTB is a serious problem for the farmer. Bovine … Continue reading

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Badger cull is happening

Here in Britain, people with guns are out at night shooting badgers (Meles meles) as planned. So says Owen Paterson, our Secretary of State for Environment Food and Rural Affairs. On Monday this week, Mr Paterson announced that the cull … Continue reading

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Cull conflict

Matthew at the Bovine TB blog is in favour of culling badgers (Meles meles) to help control bovine tuberculosis (bTB). ‘As two small pilot badger culls get underway in Somerset and Gloucestershire, the airwaves are full with pictures of badgerists … Continue reading

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