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Paterson admits overstating number of cows infected with bovine TB
Posted 16 January 2014
Owen Paterson – the government Minister responsible for the badger cull – has admitted that the number of cows infected with bovine TB over the past two years has been ‘overstated’. A problem with Defra’s IT system is to blame and Paterson has said that the data ‘will be revised significantly downwards for 2012 and 2013’.
The supposed rise in bovine TB cases was used by the government to justify the badger cull. Now we know that the argument underpinning the government’s culling policy was seriously flawed.
The Minister has many questions to answer, not least whether he withheld news of this until the badger culls were over.