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Global animal experts join welsh TB debate

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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ANIMAL experts from as far afield as New Zealand are in Wales to consider how cattle vaccination could contribute to TB eradication.

The Welsh Government is hosting the two-day workshop in Cardiff starting today.

The event will be opened by Minister for Environment John Griffiths, and chaired by Wales's chief vet, Christianne Glossop.

Mr Griffiths said: "I am very pleased to welcome some of the world's leading experts in cattle vaccination to Wales for what I am confident will be a valuable event, and one that will move us closer to our goal of a cattle vaccination strategy for Wales."

The pervious Labour-Plaid coalition had planned to cull badgers as part of an attempt to eradicate the disease, but the new Labour administration dropped the controversial policy.

Last month the Welsh Government complained about a badger cull storyline in popular S4C soap Pobol-y-Cwm — a complaint which was rejected by the broadcaster.

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  • antyall  |  December 10 2012, 4:26PM

    I am proud that the new labour administration have halted this cull and looked at another direct action. Rats. i would welcome a cull on Rats as many would. As there is only one venomous snake in the UK it would be out of order to cull these especially as the ADDER takes rats as food maybe ewe should encourage more of these helpful reptiles. It would not surprise me that the lax rules on cattle movement have an impact on the spread of TB as it does on other disease common only to cattle. An uncle of mine had a set on his farm and never had a case of TB. he was however scrupulous about buying cattle in to supplement his heard. I hope that this meeting will have some positive input and stop the cull over the boarder as well.

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  • swanseajock  |  December 10 2012, 1:54PM

    I have go concerns one way or the other, but if it was rats or snakes that were to be culled there would not be a fraction of the uproar that exists about the Disenyfied badgers (along with foxes) that pours out in paper columns

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  • Jiffy  |  December 10 2012, 12:34PM

    Children are given a TB jab that lasts for 15 years. Cows don't live that long, so why can't they be immunised with a jab. It would be a lot easier than killing off badgers, which may or may not be giving TB to cattle. Don't tell me cattle farmers have suddenly got a conscience after their greed and stupidity gave us Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease?

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