Vaccination is more humane and cheaper
THE humble badger could become an even rarer sight in our British countryside thanks to the cull.This could make things worse.
When you cull social animals they tend to disband, finding new territories and spreading the disease further.
Vaccination is a more humane, cheaper alternative to culling. Many ecologists believe we should wait for the vaccine to be developed.
Badger populations are dwindling in many part of the UK – they're hunted for sport and their habitat is under threat from housing developments. Culling in my honest opinion will only endanger the species further.
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WITH reference to the letter from Clive Heath (Bristol Post, August 26), it seems that the government will not be testing badgers to see if they are infected with bovine TB, before they, are shot or after they are shot and setts will not be checked to see if any of their occupants even have bovine TB.
The implication is that the government doesn't want any evidence which might suggest that the culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset are mainly about the government seeking to curry favour with farmers.
David Cameron has put David Heath, the Liberal Democrat MP for Somerton and Frome, in charge of justifying the slaughter. Not that Mr Heath has shown any reluctance to do so. Past research has shown that 80 per cent of badgers do not have TB.
That means that the occupants of sett after sett will be wiped out where there is no TB present. If culls are to be carried out let them be done on a proper scientific basis, not in the way the government proposes, allowing groups of shooters to kill badgers at random.
HAVING exhausted the legal process and lost, attempts by extreme badger activists to sabotage the cull by direct action amount to nothing less than mob rule.
Fired by self-righteousness, these arrogant militants set out to contemptuously undermine policies made by our democratic institutions and processes.
They are truly the enemies of freedom. The campaign organisers will be motivated by support for animal rights – a belief that the life of an animal has the same value as that of a human, which is nonsensical in a culture where the vast majority of us eat meat.
The idea that the interests of wild animals somehow trump those of the hard-working people who produce our food is absurd, as is the idea that there should be unlimited numbers of our wild animals of every species, all the time, everywhere.
But this isn't just about badgers. Animal rights extremists have an agenda. Ultimately they want to remove our freedoms to consume meat and dairy products, to benefit from safe medicines, to control pests like rats and mice, wear leather, to enjoy horse and greyhound racing, and even to keep pets. And after every small victory their energies are freed up, allowing them to further their extreme agenda. Before offering support to the anti-cull campaign, people should carefully consider just who they are getting into bed with, and what these campaigners really stand for.