2. Letter dated 16 October
2007 from Former Veterinary Officers, State Veterinary Service
Lord Rooker suggested we pass to you our correspondence
with him on the above topic, as enclosed.
We are a group of former Veterinary Officers
from State Veterinary Service with first hand experience of the
investigation and control of TB in both badgers and cattle over
many years and we are greatly troubled by some of the assertions
made in the above report, on what from our experience is flawed
We have very real concerns that the EFRA Committee
has not had the opportunity to hear some of the basic facts of
the nature of tuberculosis in both badgers and cattle which are
highly germane to this problem and the development of policy.
This is certainly the case from the notes of the proceedings we
We would value the opportunity to discuss this
with the Committee in person.
Dr J Gallagher, former
Senior Veterinary Investigation Officer, Devon and Cornwall, former
Independent Consultant to DEFRA TB Research Division.
R M Q Sainsbury, former
Specialist TB Veterinary Officer, Truro.
A T Turnbull, former Head
Notifiable Diseases Section, Tolworth, former Veterinary Advisor
to Krebs TB Review Group.
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