WEAVER Vale MP Mike Hall slammed calls for a badger cull.
TB rates in cattle declined significantly but farmers are pressing the Government to sanction a cull of badgers.
Mr Gall claims any future increase in TB cases will be due to “poor farming practices and inadequate testing”.
In 2006, the Government gave a commitment that any decision to allow badger culling would be on a sound scientific and practical foundation.
Experts now believe badgers are responsible for less than 20% of bovine TB outbreaks.
Results also show where badger culling takes place, there is a 29% increase in bovine TB. The Government’s Independent Scientific Group Report, on its 10 year, £50m study, found killing badgers:
Did not significantly reduce TB in cattle.
Emphasis on reducing bovine TB should be directed at the cattle herds themselves.
The cost would be 40 times the benefit.
Mr Hall said: “The answer is not a cull of badgers against scientific advice and at great waste of taxpayers’ money. I urge Defra to reject the call for a badger cull.”