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BVA welcomes government commitment to bovine TB action

17th September 2010

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has praised the coalition government for its moves to tackle the growing health risk posed by bovine tuberculosis (TB).

Professor Bill Reilly, president of the BVA, said efforts to eliminate the disease among cattle and wildlife are necessary to prevent its spread, adding that any action taken must be both effective and humane.

The comment comes in response to a recent Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) consultation on combating the disease, which includes proposals for badger culls in areas affected badly by bovine TB.

Such measures have been endorsed in the past by the BVA as part of a widespread, multifaceted campaign against the disease, for which it has called for cooperation from vets and the farming industry.

Professor Reilly said: "Our initial reaction is that the proposals announced by Defra are based on scientific evidence and expert veterinary advice and we strongly support the direction the government is taking."

Last month, the organisation welcomed a ruling by the Scottish government to ban hot branding of horses and ponies, expressing hope that the rest of the UK will adopt a similar policy.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800070158-ADNFCR

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