Our statement in response to the Northern Ireland Bovine TB Strategy report:

The Northern Ireland Badger Group is disappointed and dismayed that the NI Strategic Partnership Group has recommended culling badgers in the province. The evidence is clearer than ever that bovine TB can only be tackled successfully by effective infection control in cattle using improved testing, better compliance and through greater awareness.

Continuing to scapegoat badgers is a pointless and expensive strategy that will do nothing to tackle bovine TB in cattle or wildlife. We oppose badger culling and will continue to champion an effective bovine TB strategy built on robust evidence and not assumptions or prejudice.

We would remind everyone that badgers remain a protected species and that wilfully or recklessly harming badgers or their setts is a criminal offence. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the Police Service of Northern Ireland by calling 101.

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"Richard has a penetrating insight into the development of this country's policy of bovine TB management having been closely involved, sometimes at a personal level, for more than three decades."

Dr Chris Cheeseman, Bovine TB expert

“Every key issue in Richard’s book is as relevant today as when he put pen to paper 30 years ago. If our political leaders and the farming industry had taken note of Richard’s wise insight, today we would not be seeing tens of millions of pounds wasted on killing mostly TB free badgers, in a cruel culling policy which has no scientific or animal welfare justification.”

Dominic Dyer, CEO, Badger Trust