Badger cull is misguided
IF a circus came to town with a reputation for cruelty and having poor hygiene conditions for its performing animals, then very few people would turn up at the big top. In fact people would be looking at the conditions in which the animals were kept to ensure they were good and clean.
The farming industry is no different and if farmers seek to demonise badgers as the source of their bovine TB problem that now has flooded into the countryside, then the desire to spend any money on their goods and services is very much reduced.
Listening to Dominic Dyer in Taunton last Saturday at the start of the Badger March through Taunton town centre, it was generally considered that the badgers did in fact contract bTB from cattle, as over the last three decades there have been massive changes in farming practices with most farmers unwilling to spend money on putting in new fencing and securing cattle pens and food stores to prevent the spread of bTB in the countryside as a result of bTB-laden cattle.
Now there are other potential domestic and wild animal 'reservoirs' of bTB in the countryside including pigs, rabbits, deer, foxes, ferrets, mink, rats, cats and dogs. All of which could have contact with cattle and/or badgers. and this is not helped with over 13 million cattle movements taking place every year in the UK, a higher figure than any other country in Europe. These cattle movements will inevitably lead to an increase in the spread of the disease throughout the open countryside.
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So what next Mr Farmer – the total destruction of all such animals within a five mile radius of each farm? All this destruction for the production of a liquid that no human being really needs, and is generally unhealthy in today's diet. Also, what other species in nature feeds off the baby milk of another species?
Both the livestock and dairy farmers have committed the biggest disaster in the farming industry since the Edwina Curry's "Go to work on a Rotten Egg" scandal of the Eighties.
Each day this cull continues more and more people will switch away from British farm products as the only way to register their protest.
Fairway Rise, Chard