It is thought that badgers can spread bovine TB
It is thought that badgers can spread bovine TB, so isolating cases, could not only save badgers, but also money. For example one English county spent over £800,000 on badger culling. Not only wasteful, but cruel. In the 12 months to March 2018 numbers of farm animals slaughtered due to TB incidence rose 13%. This reached a total cull of nearly 34,000 cattle. Farmers report it costs £2-2,500 to test cattle for TB in labour alone. Cattle, once a case of TB is found, must be tested every 60 days, until two tests give clear results. This can add up in costs rapidly, putting huge strain on farmers livelihoods and business.
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