WMN Letter: I admire our farmers and their dedication
Graham Forsyth is well known for expressing his vegetarian opinions in these pages and of course we respect his right to do so. However, it is only fair that he also respects the right of those (the majority) who chose to eat meat without being subjected to letters from vegetarians/vegans like him telling them what they should or should not eat and I suspect his astonishing attack on farmers (August 30) has more to do with his apparent passionate dislike for livestock farming than the welfare of badgers.
I know little about farming and even less about badgers (except that one killed and ate all of my hedgehogs!), so I am neutral on the subject of culling, but have several friends who are farmers and I am constantly amazed about amount of work that it involves and have nothing but admiration for the dedication they have to their way of life in order to feed our country.
It is a pity that cattle cannot be vaccinated against TB but according to the BBC’s Countryfile last night this is due to an EU directive.
So if a cull is absolutely necessary, so be it.
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As for Mr Forsyth’s robust defence of the RSPCA’s Gavin Grant, it is good to see that the Charity Commission has extracted a promise from the RSPCA not to publish names of farmers or marksmen, for despite their denials, he did – as reported in the WMN, suggest naming and shaming those involved the cull and one does wonder where his sympathies lie when it comes to organisations like the League Against Cruel Sports and the Hunt Saboteurs. Frankly, I think Mr Grant has done incalculable harm to the good name of the RSPCA and the mere threat to name and shame has encouraged the anarchists, the rent-a-mob brigade and any other eco freakos!
by Paul Mercer, Tavistock