BADGERS in Wales will be vaccinated instead of culled a minister said today.

Environment Minister, John Griffiths announced that a programme of badger vaccination will launched to eradicate bovine TB from cattle in Wales. The Minister said: "I have considered a number of options including whether culling or vaccination of badgers are appropriate. After careful consideration I have decided to pursue a badger vaccination project within the Intensive Action Area.

"I am not satisfied that a cull of badgers would be necessary to bring about a substantial reduction in cases of TB in cattle."