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Contraception for badgers considered by Government

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 14, 2014

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CONTRACEPTION for badgers is being considered by the Government, environment minister George Eustice has said.

A new strategy to tackle tuberculosis in cattle is being drawn up after controversial six-week pilot culls in Gloucestershire last year which some argued were ineffective and inhumane.

Badgers would be injected with contraception.

Mr Eustice said: “We are doing some work to try to develop an oral vaccine for badgers including cattle vaccines – and also even looking at other areas such as contraception for badgers and increased cattle movement controls.

“So there’s a whole range of different issues that we are looking at to try to solve this difficult problem.”

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  • Lecorche  |  February 15 2014, 10:11PM

    Looks like another madcap scheme by a government that's inept,incoherent and in for a pasting at the next General Election.

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  • simhedges  |  February 15 2014, 9:12AM

    "Badgers would be injected with contraception. Mr Eustice said: "We are doing some work to try to develop an oral vaccine" Call me crazy, but I'm not sure that injecting an oral vaccine is the best strategy...

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 14 2014, 9:36PM

    I think they'll find opening the packets quite a challenge and they're likely to put a hole in them with their sharp claws...

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