Bovine Tuberculosis: Disease Control

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 24th March 2017.

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Photo of Paul Flynn Paul Flynn Labour, Newport West

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14 March 2017 to Question 66627, on bovine tuberculosis: disease control, how many of the 421 carcasses of badgers culled by controlled shooting underwent post-mortem examination in each year; and how many of those carcasses were found to have evidence of more than one hit in each year.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Of the 421 carcasses of badgers culled by controlled shooting in 2013 – 2016 that have undergone post-mortem examination the distribution of these by year is as follows:

Number of carcases examined

Number with evidence of multiple shots

2013

158

8

2014

234

11

2015

28

6

2016

1

0

Total

421

25

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JO BROWN
Posted on 28 Mar 2017 1:33 pm (Report this annotation)

A differential diagnosis of bovine TB is COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) which is caused by exposure to nuclear radiation. Have the badger or cattle autopsies tested for nuclear radiation exposure? If not, why not?