Impact assessment

Measures to address bovine tuberculosis in badgers: impact assessment

The government is committed to putting in place a package of measures to tackle bovine tuberculosis (bTB).

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


Measures to address bovine TB in badgers: impact assessment

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Badgers are known to harbour bTB and without addressing TB in badgers, it will not be possible to eliminate the disease in cattle. However, badgers are an important native species, and the general public value their existence and freedom from cruel treatment.

There is no practical market mechanism that could adequately internalise the trade-off between the existence and welfare of badgers and the control of bTB, so there is a need for government policy to address this explicitly.

Published 30 November 2011