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Cornwall Farmer Calls For Cull Extension

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7:02am 25th September 2014

Cornish farmers want to extend the badger cull across the Duchy.

Some reckon businesses and livelihoods are suffering from the spreading of TB to their cattle.

It is as the cull takes place in Somerset and Gloucestershire, with opponents insisting there is no proof it is working.

Brian Trewin from Cornwall NFU is a beef farmer at Coad's Green near Launceston. He said: "It is a great issue, because these people have reared all these cattle, and then they have them put down and its very soul destroying when you know very well the cause of the problem is out in the fields, you can't keep the cows out of the fields they have got to go out to eat.

"When you get the disease you are shut down, unable to trade for some time, the emotion of having cattle that you've had for several years now being taken away.

"Cornwall really is an ideal place to trial the reacted cull, we have got sea on all sides and the river Tamar, we have a natural boarder."

But some people think bringing badger culls to Cornwall would be "a disaster" that hits tourism.

Bob Speechly from Cornwall Badger Rescue says, for now, badgers should be vaccinated but it is cows that need the jabs in the long run.

He insists it is not a badger disease, but a cattle disease.

He said: "The problem is the cull does no good, all the scientific evidence shows that culling badgers will make no significant difference, so what we really need to do is get the vaccine for the cattle up and running.

"When they did the trial here, very few badgers were found to be infected with TB, so once again you know it's not a badger disease it's a cattle disease, badgers can carry it but the number that do carry TB is very, very few."

7:02am 25th September 2014

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