Bovine Tuberculosis: Cumbria:Written question - 12244

Asked by Ms Lyn Brown
(West Ham)
Asked on: 04 February 2020
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Bovine Tuberculosis: Cumbria
To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the original planning for the minimum infected area (MIA) in Cumbria did not include barriers to prevent badgers from passing to and from the MIA; and if she will make a statement.
Answered by: George Eustice
Answered on: 10 February 2020

Natural barriers to badger movement were used, as far as practical, for the outer boundary of Area 32 to minimise the risk of possible perturbation effects. Area 32 is made up of two parts, the minimum infected area and the outer cull area. The outer cull area acts as a buffer between the minimum infected area, where the majority of infection is located, and those outside of the cull area.

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