Monday, 22 October 2007

Badgers update - good news!

After ten years of research the final Government report is out - badger culling DOES NOT WORK!

The 'Final Report of the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle TB' makes the point definitively, and includes wonderful quotes (for those who care about badgers) such as:

"We conclude that badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to the future control of cattle TB in Britain".
"It is unfortunate that agricultural and veterinary leaders continue to believe, in spite of overwhelming scientific evidence to the contrary, that the main approach to cattle TB control must involve some form of badger population control."

Scientific evidence has always suggested no real link anyway (apart from 'studies' funded by farmers and other vested interests), but it is good to see it stated so boldly by an independent group.

See the image below, from the Cambrian News (Thu 28 June 2007, p50) for an article about this.

Of course the farmer's unions NFU Cymru and FUW are whinging, and want to ignore the evidence for political reasons; and farmers are still campaigning to be allowed to slaughter huge numbers of badgers. It seems as if farmers want to kill the UK's remaining mammal wildlife (foxes, badgers, deer). Because of the fact that the farmers kill all their cows too (for beef; or when dairy cattle stop producing), it appears that farmers are far more dangerous to animals than badgers are.

This is one of the reasons why farmers often get bad press. Most people want to see wildlife, so hate people whinging to be allowed to kill it. Therefore it would be in farmers interest NOT to kill yet more wildlife. Badgers are amazing creatures - let us protect our natural heritage, not slaughter it.

Of interest is the fact that DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) held a 12 week public consultation from 15 December 2005 to 10 March 2006. The consultation received 47,472 responses. A report of the consultation was published on 12 July and one of the findings was that 95% of the respondents to the consultation were opposed to a badger cull.
So please oppose any proposed badger culls. Worthy groups like the Coalition of Badger Action Groups (CBAG) need your support too!

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