Badger Trust holds Bovine Tb: Science and Evidence Debate

The Badger Trust with the support of the Cambridgeshire Mammal Group and the Oxfordshire Badger Group held two bovine TB science debates in Cambridge on the Friday 10 March and Oxford on Monday 13 March. 

Both events brought together academics, statisticians, ecologists and representatives from wildlife protection organisations and badger protection groups. 

Tom Langton a leading ecologist and a key founder of EuroBadger was joined by Martin Hancox a badger biologist and former member of the governments consultative committee on bovine TB. 

Both Tom and Martin made presentations looking at the many problems associated with bovine TB research and badger culling trials undertaken to date, 

They focused on what they believed to be serious flaws in the Randomised Badger culling trial and the lack of scientific evidence to prove that badgers interact with cattle or can easily spread TB to cows. 

They also focused on the wider transmission routes for bovine TB in cattle and the many environmental factors which could be leading to further spread of the disease. 

Following the success of the Cambridge and Oxford events, the Badger Trust is planning to organise more bovine TB science debates in other parts of the country over the next 6 months.