The disease was almost eradicated in the 1980s by a combined strategy of tuberculin testing of cattle and culling of badgers. But following the Zuckerman report of 1980 culling was scaled down and entirely abandoned following the Krebs report in 1997 by the in coming Labour Government. Since when, as may be seen from the chart below, the disease has escalated out of control:


Incidence of TB reactors in cattle


Clearly it won't be controlled by killing more and more cattle as recommended by the so called Independent Scientific Group in 2006! 39,389 cattle were slaughtered in 2016. The current inefficient, labour intensive, strategy of farmer led badger culling is simply holding the disease at a wholly unacceptable level. Nor is it likely to be controlled by vaccination (see above)


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