Bovine Tuberculosis

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Tom Blenkinsop Tom Blenkinsop Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what proportion of badgers exterminated during the current pilot cull the humaneness of extermination will be measured and recorded.

Photo of David Heath David Heath The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The cull is compliant with the Bern Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, and the hon. Member's reference to extermination is therefore inappropriate. Humaneness monitoring will be undertaken in accordance with a protocol developed with advice from statistical experts and approved by the independent experts panel set up by DEFRA to oversee the development of scientifically robust and policy-relevant monitoring protocols. The results of this monitoring will be published after the pilot culls have been completed.

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