VAWM publishes a critical response to the recent Bovine TB strategy review from DEFRA (The Godfray review)
The Association was moved to respond to the latest review published by DEFRA (October 2018) chaired by Sir Charles Godfray.
One is driven to the conclusion that the two assumptions on cattle to cattle transmission and vaccination are driven more by political expediency than science and one must question therefore the value of a report and strategy based as it is largely on these two assumptions.
We urge Government therefore to take direct hold of the problem and resume research into identifying humane fumigants coupled with precise identification of infected badger setts by molecular PCR testing so that a more efficient, humane and targeted strategy of culling badgers underground might be pursued. Such an approach that targeted only infected/diseased animals would clearly be more acceptable to the public in general and to the profession.
Oue full response to the Godfray review can be [downloaded here].