‘Stop the cull – Save the badger’

Posted on September 10, 2012

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Today (10th September), an item was posted in the UK section on HUFF POST POLITICS titled ‘Stop the cull – Save the badger’., written by Mark Jones, of Humane Society International/UK.

‘… Even in the face of overwhelming scientific opposition, the British government is preparing to issue licenses to farmers and landowners to shoot badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset this autumn, claiming its policy is science-led.

Badgers are one of the few iconic wild mammals remaining in Britain. Sadly, since the first bovine tuberculosis-infected badger was ‘identified’ in the early 1970s, badgers have been persecuted for their perceived role in the transmission of the disease to cattle.

No one denies that TB in cattle is a serious problem. It results in the premature slaughter of many thousands of cattle each year, with devastating impacts for farmers, and at a huge cost to the taxpayer in testing, inspection and compensation. But killing badgers isn’t going to reduce TB in cattle …

Read the item, view video and add your comment online at www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/mark-jones/stop-culling-badgers_b_1863860.html?utm_hp_ref=uk

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