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Vermin, Victims and Disease : British Debates over Bovine Tuberculosis and Badgers

Publication year: 2019

ISBN: 978-3-030-19186-3

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This book provides the first critical history of the controversy over whether to cull wild badgers to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in British cattle. This question has plagued several professional generations of politicians, policymakers, experts and campaigners since the early 1970s. Questions of what is known, who knows, who cares, who to trust and what to do about this complex problem have been the source of scientific, policy, and increasingly vociferous public debate ever since. This book integrates contemporary history, science and technology studies, human-animal relations, and policy research to conduct a cross-cutting analysis. It explores the worldviews of those involved with animal health, disease ecology and badger protection

Subject: History / bTB / TB / Cow / Robert Koch / Cattle / Testing / Vaccination / Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF) / Badger cull / Policy / Legislation / Welfare / Land and wildlife management / Oral history / Science and society / History of Britain and Ireland / History of Medicine / Animal Welfare / Animal Ethics / Environmental Policy / Modern History / Medical Geography