Government response

Bovine TB and badger culling: myth busted

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

We have consistently said that we have yet to make a decision after the consultation on badger control.

The myth: Media reports have suggested that the Government position on badger culling has changed.

The truth: Nothing has changed. We have consistently said that we have yet to make a decision after the consultation on badger control.

Bovine TB is having a devastating effect, with nearly 25,000 cattle in England slaughtered last year because of it. This is a complex and sensitive issue, and there has been a delay to ensure the measures we put in place are the right ones. We will announce a comprehensive and balanced TB Eradication Programme for England by the end of July.