Creating and maintaining a TB Free England is one of the many challenges facing the livestock industry today. This site has been produced to give a more balanced view on how the disease is spread and what can be done to reduce its prevalence.
One of our major issues with the NFU and Defra is their continued refusal to accept alternative methods of disease control despite the massive scientific and public lobbying against culling wildlife.
We are not here to undermine farmers, moreover we are here to banish certain myths and half-truths in an attempt to stop the government cutting-corners, finding scapegoats and dragging their collective feet on this important issue.
The NFU have recently produced a document explaining why a cull is necessary… Here is our response: NFU Reply
Background and Introduction
Due to modern methods of pasteurisation bTB poses no threat to human health, though it can create financial hardship for farmers. Firm figures are not yet available for 2012 but, it is estimated that between 26,000 and 34,000 cattle (approximately 0.3% of total cattle in the UK) were compulsorily slaughtered due to infection or contact with other infected herds (Defra). Due to a computer glitch at the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency, (BBC News) there has not been any new data since September 2011.
The total incidence of bTB infection in England has marginally increased in the last decade, however this increase statistically co-relates to the increase in cattle per herd and number of tests annually undertaken. It is also clear to see that a dramatic increase of bTB occurred in 2001-2002 following the foot and mouth outbreak when testing was stopped and the subsequent restocking occurred with untested cattle.
Percentage of tested cattle slaughtered due to infection 1996 – 2012
(please note, the dip in testing from 2000 – 2001 is due to the outbreak of foot and mouth, the following rapid rise can only be attributed to restocking with untested TB infected cattle.)
For those people that are seeking unbiased information on the issues surrounding bovine TB, and want to make up their own minds after reading the facts. This website offers clear concise information free from political spin and the influence of industrial farmers. The information provided on these pages is supported with links to recognised scientific research wherever possible.
To find out more about what can be done to achieve a TB Free England without the senseless killing of wildlife, please use the top navigation of the site.
To show your support and sign the petition, please click here.
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Unbiased information about bovine TB it causes and methods of control.
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