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Failure to Deal With TB in Cornwall "Catastrophic"

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7:02am 7th June 2013

Pirate FM has learnt sixty-three cattle a week are being slaughtered in Cornwall - because of TB.

The Environment Secretary has been speaking to us at the Royal Cornwall Show about the badger cull.

Campaigners want to try vaccinating the creatures in the west of the Duchy instead.

They say it could even be turned into a way of attracting extra tourists to the area, in the same way some come specifically to look for basking sharks.

But Owen Paterson says vaccination is not yet robust enough - and a cull is the only solution. He said: "We had this disease beat in 1972 - 0.01% of herds - and, at that time, we had all party consensus you had to bear down on disease in cattle and you had to bear down on disease in wildlife.

"Since then, and particularly under the last government's catastrophic neglect, we've seen this rocket.

"Other mammals can get TB, including humans, but the badger is an extraordinary host. And in the later stages of the disease becomes what's called a "super excreter" - going out on pastures does spread the disease with an extraordinary intensity."

7:02am 7th June 2013

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