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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Britain Appeals Cull

BRUSSELS () -- Britain asked the European Union on Monday to reduce the number of cattle to be slaughtered under a plan to eradicate mad cow disease and end a worldwide ban on British beef exports.

Douglas Hogg, the British agriculture minister, presented the EU with new scientific data indicating the brain-wasting cattle disease will fade away over the next five years even without the planned slaughter of 140,000 young British cattle.

Prime Minister John Major is under pressure to secure a reduction of the slaughter plan from British legislators who are threatening to throw out the cull in a parliamentary vote.