Natural England has licensed and authorised 11 new badger control areas to begin operations within High Risk and Edge areas of England from autumn 2019. It has also authorised the licence holders to resume operations in 29 existing badger control areas in 2019.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has also published their Badger control policy value for money analysis for 2019 and Badger control costs for 2018. Total costs for 2018 were around £2 million for the Government and around £3.2 million for policing. The costs and benefits analysis of extending intensive culling to 11 further areas anticipates net benefits.
Farming Minister, George Eustice, said:
"Bovine TB remains the greatest animal health threat to the UK, costing taxpayers over £100 million every year as well as causing devastation and distress for hard-working farmers and rural communities … There is no single measure that will provide an answer to beating this disease. That is why we have always been committed to a multi-pronged approach including proactive badger control as well as other tools such as tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger vaccination."
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