The UK government have revised their badger cull number and its causing some concern in England as the badger cull is now rolled out to 7 counties in England.
The lower cull numbers is raising concerns that TB cases will actually increase in cattle in the affected areas.
The Guardian reports that:
“The targets are being based on poor estimates of [badger] population size and are deliberately being biased downwards,” said Prof Tim Coulson, at the University of Oxford, who was a member of the government’s Independent Expert Panel that scrutinised the first year of culling in 2013 before being disbanded.
There were 36,000 TB cases in cattle leading to slaughter in the UK in 2015 the last available data set. This cost the UK taxpayer £100m.
Wales has seen a decline in TB numbers in recent years after stricter testing was brought in and other measures enacted.
Scientists are warning that small scale TB culls will not solve the problem.
TB numbers in Ireland have fallen since 2000.