Sinn Féin MLA Chris Hazzard, a member of the NI Assembly Agriculture Committee, has welcomed the beginning of a trial aimed at eradicating Bovine Tuberculosis from the cattle and badger population.
Mr. Hazzard said: “I welcome the progressive approach taken by the Minister of Agriculture Michelle O’Neill in not only protecting the cattle population from Bovine TB but also ensuring that healthy badgers are not unnecessarily killed.
“There have been many opinions about how we deal with this problem but many sectors have shown support for this scheme as it environmentally and animal friendly.
“In removing the scourge of Bovine TB in order to protect our cattle it is also important the we protect the native species on this island, including badgers.
“This trial which will remove and vaccinate or remove infected badgers will take place in a 100km square area between Rathfriland and Banbridge and allow the Department to gauge how practical this approach is in eradicating Bovine TB from Ireland.”