Badger culling – again

5 Sep

Hello

Yes, I’m back on to the subject of badger culling again.

I watched an episode of Countryside last night (Sunday) and they re-visited the issue of badger culling to eradicate bovine TB .  As you can see from this article in The Telegraph earlier this year, it brings out extreme views as Adam Henson, a Countryfile reporter was targeted by animal rights activists and extremists despite keeping his opinion  neutral.

I am not going to give an opinion as to whether it is the right or wrong thing to do, but here is an extract of the argument taken from Countryside Magazine and I would welcome your comments…

BOTH SIDES OF THE ARGUMENT

For:

  • Badgers can and do carry bovine TB and can pass it on to cattle.
  • A scientific review carried out in 1997 by Professor John Krebs concluded that there was “compelling” evidence for badger-to-cow TB transmission.
  • The existing regime of testing and removal has failed to halt the rise in cases. While infected badgers are on a farm, cattle are at risk.
  • The cost of compensating farmers for the removal of TB reactors keeps growing.
  • Leading scientists, including former government advisor Sir David King, say it would have a significant effect on reducing TB in cattle.

Against:

  • A cull makes scapegoats of badgers, while not addressing the main problem – cow-to-cow transmission. Between the mid-1930s and mid-1960s, testing and removal of infected cattle pushed national infection rates down from around four in 10 to less than one in 1,000.
  • Many believe culling thousands of animals that are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 would be unethical.
  • Improvements to the way cattle are tested and practical measures to keep cattle and badgers apart (such as electric fences around farm buildings) would cut infection rates.

This is an updated article which originally appeared in issue 16 of Countryfile Magazine (January 2009)

Advertisements

One Response to “Badger culling – again”

  1. christina bellamy September 6, 2011 at 8:20 am #

    I think there’s more recent compelling evidence/research to suggest that there culling badgers has no affect on bovine TB.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: