DEFRA’s claims that badger culls work are ‘blatant lies’, says veterinary surgeon

DEFRA’s claims that badger culls work are ‘blatant lies’, says veterinary surgeon

Monday, November 12, 2018

Veterinary surgeon, Dr Iain McGill has said that the Government is telling “blatant lies” and the latest data has proved that the culls “do not work”.

Dr McGill argued that the claims that the badger cull in Somerset and Gloucestershire were working were not supported by the Government’s own data.

Dr McGill, who is also the Director of Prion Interest Group, told talkRADIO’s Matthew Wright: “There was a graph of prevalence, the actual percentage of herds that have TB, which was falling rapidly in the three years before culling. Culling caused it to plateau.

“TB has not gone down at all but what is even worse is that in 2018, after 5 years of culling, there has been a huge spiking in Gloucestershire where cattle TB has gone up by 55%.

“These are blatant lies and we have proved that this cull does not work.

“The Government should abandon it straight-away.”

 

'They are lying'

In a letter to the Government’s Chief Vet Dr Christine Middlemiss, the group of vets asked her to retract "insupportable claims that its badger cull policy is working".

Dr McGill said that a report produced by Defra's own scientists at the Animal and Plant Health Agency in September does not support the argument that the badger culls have worked.

 “The Government’s data, which was published in September, looked at diseased cattle in the cull-zone between 2013 and 2017,” he said.

“They used this to claim that the cull was working but our independent group that looked at the data, it was really clear that the levels of TB had not dropped at all.

“Therefore, they have made an inaccurate statement.”

He added: “We are very robust with our arguments. They are lying and they should stop doing so.”