Badger Culling "Not Cost-Effective"

Let the badgers war begin again. Stepping gingerly into a long-running controversy that has

embroiled farmers, conservation groups, and United Kingdom science advisers, a team from the U.K. Medical Research Council reported yesterday that systematic culling of badgers does reduce outbreaks of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in British cattle, but not enough to justify the cost of the cull. The finding marks the conclusion of the most systematic study so far of badger culling and bovine TB, but it likely won't end the controversy.