The Wildlife Trusts have welcomed environment secretary Hilary Benn’s rejection of a badger cull as a solution to combating bovine TB in cattle.

Stephanie Hilborne, chief executive of the Wildlife Trusts, says: “This is a good day for science, public opinion and common sense. We congratulate Hilary Benn on sticking to the scientific evidence and drawing a line under any consideration of a badger cull. 

“There is no single solution to this disease, but now is the time for all parties to throw their weight behind cattle-to-cattle control measures, vaccine development and improved biosecurity to deal with bovine TB.”