WMN Letters: Theories need to be balanced with reality
I rarely write to Letters columns but am an avid reader, normally with the attitude “here goes another rant.” One of your contributors, Graham Forsyth, regularly seems to throw his toys out of the pram on things like vegetarianism, fox hunting or indeed anything that takes his fancy and tends to loose all sense of rationality. In his latest, concerning the badger cull (In My Opinion, WMN Aug 30) he seems to have completely lost the plot. He says he has the qualifications of science to back his theories but has failed to balance them with the qualifications received from the “University of Life” or maybe he opted out of that course.
If he was to go back 40-50 years when there was relatively little bovine TB and farms proudly displayed a black and white sign outside the farm entrance proclaiming “such and such herd TT” (tuberculin tested) . There were few positive results back then. To run alongside this, if badgers or their sets were found on their land they were shot and the sets gassed with the result no TB.
Maybe I have lived too long, having had my three score years and ten and am now well into my second childhood, and should be silent about the fact that the badger and other species were wrongly placed on the protected list. Maybe I also should accept that the unnatural human vegetarian species should have so much say in a normal carnivorous society.
Ken Rowe, Paignton
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