Badger culls may be spreading bovine TB review warns

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In February, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, asked experts to review the handling of bovine TB over the last 25 years. Although the report authors did find that badgers were spreading the disease to cattle and that culling could prevent some cases, they warned “cattle to cattle” transfer was a bigger problem and farmers should do more to keep animals off their land and limit the movement of livestock. They said that in some cases, culls could do more harm than good by driving animals out of their… Badger culls may inadvertently spread bovine TB to wider areas, a government commissioned report has warned, as authors said farmers were more to blame for the disease than the wild animals.