I am a second year A-Level student studying in Nottinghamshire. I am partaking in the Extended Project Qualification (a self-motivated project in which the participant undertakes research to write a 5000-word report). I am looking into the advantages and disadvantages associated with the UK Badger Cull to prevent the spread of Bovine TB and looking for an opinion from all members of the public about this relevant topic.
Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease of cattle. It is caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis (M. bovis) which can also infect and cause disease in many other mammals including humans, deer, goats, pigs, cats, dogs and badgers.
Badger culling has been predominately adopted to prevent the spread of Bovine TB. Culling is a method used in parts of the UK to reduce the number of badgers and thereby reduce the incidence and spread of bTB that might infect humans. Once an animal has contracted bTB, the disease can be spread through the sett via the exhalations or excretions of infected individuals.
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