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Perhaps Caroline Lucas will volunteer to be a human shield during the cull.
Bye bye Brock. Just thank your lucky stars that you’re not Syrian because then you’d be taught Liberty, Democracy and the American Way with cruise missiles.
Those badgers are insufferably cute, aren’t they? I think that might be influencing the debate.
If it was snakes or rats or pigeons spreading TB, we might think otherwise about culling them.
Kill them, kill them all
I’m a sentimental animal lover, who loves cute, cuddly animals. Even my web name is that of one of my beloved pet cats. I also read ‘The Wind in the Willows’ as a child and you know, the depiction of Ratty, Mole, Toad and Badger owed as much to reality as the animal loving thoughts in my (and all the animal rights’ brigade) mind. Loving and caring for badgers as some of us do, is an illusion. What we feel for them is just a manifestation of the goings on in our heads and has nothing whatever to do with them as creatures.
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I can’t really see what the cull is going to achieve. How do they know which badgers are infected (if any)?
I am sure there is a much more sensible and effective way to accomplish the desired result!
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I always thought panda bears were cute.
Cherie – agreed. Seems like an excuse to me.
Somber – pandas – y-e-e-e-e-s-s-s-s.
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My cousin is a farmer and has had to give up his dairy herd and switch to arable due to the TB situation. Hasn’t been able to move his animals for 8 years. When we stayed with him in June, he was all for the cull. Not because he wanted to kill the badgers but because DEFRA gives them no alternative. There is a vaccine but if the farmers (beef) use it then the EU says they can’t sell the meat.
As for the TB itself, it is zoonotic which means that it has already crossed into other species. In Europe it can be found in wild boar and the deer populations and is now widespread. In France if it is found in a herd, they don’t wait but kill the entire herd rather than just the animals that test postive.
And that’s another thing my cousin said, the test is not infallible. You can get a reactor that then doesn’t get TB. Problem is that cow is a carrier and so the cycle continues.
Why specifically badgers though?
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Because James badgers like to go around biting other animals (and humans) and thus spread TB somewhat rampantly. Other infected animals in the wild are less inlined to bite farm animals and/or humans.
Having brought back a large ham of wild boar from the Alsace a couple of years back and my trip to France imminent, reading the link has slightly blunted my appetite, and with an explosion in the boar population it must be cheaper, merde………………………..
Just wait till someone proves old people carry TB.
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