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Badger cull gets go-ahead with Olympic-sized police operation

Your Expert Witness badger cullThe shooting of thousands of badgers will go ahead next year but not until after the Olympics to prevent police resources being overstretched by the £4? million security operation required for the cull.

Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, set the Government on course for a showdown with animal rights protesters yesterday by approving culls in two trial areas in an attempt to control bovine TB.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:14


EU to phase out antibiotics for farm animal diseases

Your Expert Witness cowsThe European Parliament has backed the phasing out of antibiotics on farm animals for disease prevention in order to ensure such treatments remain effective for humans. Some farmers are already using alternative treatments such as homeopathy to prevent the spread of disease among their flocks.

The Parliament’s ’Resolution on the Public Health Threat of Antimicrobial Resistance’ calls on the European Commission to phase out the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock farming, calling instead for disease prevention through good hygiene, housing and animal husbandry, as well as strict bio-security measures. It has recommended the use of antibiotics as a ’last resort’ in exceptional, preferably individual, circumstances.

Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 11:16