The cabinet secretary for energy, planning and rural affairs has said the Welsh government will continue to “rule out” calls for an England-style badger cull in the country.
The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) last week called for a previously abolished Welsh government plan to cull badgers to be reinstated, following positive English cull results recorded by Defra in tackling bovine TB levels.
The results demonstrated that the completion of four year badger culls in both Somerset and Gloucestershire have reduced the number of new TB outbreaks by around half.
However, a Welsh government spokesperson said Wales has adopted a “comprehensive approach” towards the eradication of bovine TB which focuses on “all sources of infection”, and added evidence shows that most causes of bTB in cattle in Wales results from “cattle to cattle transmission”.
The spokesperson added: “Badgers are only trapped and tested where evidence suggests they are contributing to the persistence of TB in chronic breakdown herds. Targeted interventions are being applied to remove test positive badgers, helping stop transmission and clearing up chronically infected herds, which are costly to the taxpayer and industry.”