Badger cull to halt spread of TB cruel and senseless
It's an outrage that this Government is going ahead with this senseless and cruel badger cull in Somerset and south Gloucestershire supported by our Bath and North East Somerset MPs Don Foster and Jacob Rees-Mogg, against overwhelming views to the contrary from other political parties, animal charities, the scientific community, EU Commission and the largest e-petition ever of over 300,000 names.
This action is inexcusable given that there is no scientific, economic or animal welfare ground for the killing of badgers at a cost to the disagreeing taxpayer of more than £3 million.
There is, however, to the contrary, scientific proof that indiscriminate killing leads to perturbation, increasing the problem of the spread of TB.
One beggars the question of what the real motive of these cynical madmen really is. I, for one, will not be voting for either political party ever again.
It is a sickening thought that these beautiful creatures are being shot and maimed on the basis of misleading and unsubstantiated arguments.
It is a myth that this is to stop the spread of TB in cattle since cattle infect each other (TB first of all came from humans) as well as transmitted from cattle to territorial badgers through the constant movement of farm animals in the UK, poor farm husbandry such as putrid cattle water troughs and poor testing and vaccination programs.
Vaccination, on the other hand, proposed by the scientific community and animal charities would be cheaper and more effective through volunteering by badger groups assisting the professionals.
What is wrong with the notion of the "Big Society" now Mr Cameron? Surely, this is the most sensible and blindingly obvious solution.
In addition, the Government should ensure that farmers are paid a living wage against the greed of supermarkets so that they can better invest in good husbandry keeping wild animals and livestock apart so that badgers do not get the disease in the first place.
Rabies was eliminated in Europe in this way so why not TB from Britain?
Peasedown St John