W Gloucestershire and W Somerset Pilot Cull Results 2013
It is widely accepted that for the pilots to be effective, a minimum of 70% of
the badger population must be culled within a maximum period of 6 weeks.
Failure to meet these targets risks worsening the spread of bTB through
The population estimates - which are critical to calculating the 70% minimum -
have been altered so substantially in the past 12 months that they cannot
reasonably be relied upon.
But on any measure, the results show that 2013 pilots have fallen
woefully short of targets. This will most likely worsen rather than reduce bTB.