WMN Letters: It's the foxhunting fight all over again
While reading Mr Forsyth’s letter of the August 30, 2013, I must admit it took me a minute or two to realise that it wasn’t a pro-NFU spoof, so extreme were the views expressed. In addition to not giving any alternative method to eradicate TB, it is about as negative of the NFU and farmers as it is possible to be.
For a minute, let us just ignore the whole badger cull issue and examine the total and utter ignorance of these people who presume to come into the countryside (which we have managed alone for millennia) and tell us what to do before insulting us in every conceivable way.
For example, the recent likening of those who criticise the RSPCA’s political leanings to paedophiles by Brian May (whose PhD is in astrophysics and has nothing to do with biology or badgers) .
In fact, I can see quite a few parallels between the public degradation of farmers now and that of indigenous populations by the Victorians.
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And as for getting the League Against Cruel Sports involved, in what way is a cull a sport? This is just turning into a repeat of the city vs. the countryside, fox hunting fight again. Right now we need to let the scientific pilot culls go ahead unheeded while we all sit down and frankly discuss (all politics aside) what we should do.
by Ami Sutton, Ashburton