Government bodges badger cull plan

Calls for a large-scale cull of badgers to tackle bovine TB could be thwarted by a lack of available workers to carry it out, the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union has warned. Last week, the government’s chief scientist David King said badgers should be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, which can affect up to 30,000 livestock a year.

Mark Serwotka, PCS general secretary, said: “The government is unable to act on the latest scientific advice regarding the spread of bovine TB because it has axed front-line staff who control the spread of the disease.”

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