The NBA has told Defra that carbon monoxide gas must be included
in a badger culling tool box and urgent government approval for
it is essential.
It has said that those taking part in a cull must have good tackle
at their disposal and that snaring or shooting are not enough on
their own to provide an effective armoury .
“If carbon monoxide is used as the principal tool, and
is backed up by other culling methods, the required culling intensity
would be achieved,” explained NBA chief executive, Robert
“Exhaust gas from petrol engines already has a sufficiently
high concentration of carbon monoxide and there are means of raising
levels even higher.”
“Over 30,000 cattle are expected to be slaughtered as a
result of TB testing this year and their deaths could have been
avoided. Also some £140 million could be spent on TB controls - with
over £250 million a likely expense in 2010 unless someone
in Defra grasps the culling nettle.
“This means there are overpowering public arguments to
support the use of carbon monoxide as the principal tool when a
culling programme is adopted.”
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