Deal With IT's Secretary Victoria Nicholls writes a regular column in the East Kent Mercury:It is heartbreaking to see that our ‘greenest government ever’ is once again denying the science that has been put before it and is going ahead with killing one of the nation’s favourite animals in an ill-advised badger cull.
TB was first discovered in badgers in the early 1970s and since then we have systematically been killing them in various horrible ways until the 10 year-long ‘Randomised Badger Culling Trial’ resulted in a 300 page report that concluded that ‘badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to the control of TB in cattle’. We were all delighted when the government at the time announced that there would be no more culling of badgers.
The proposed killing of 130,000 badgers over a number of years will result in a 30% reduction in the badger population nationally and up to a 50% reduction in the South West. Complex family groups which have been formed over generations will be disrupted and many individual badgers which have been injured will die slow and painful deaths.
And for what? The problem of TB in cattle will not be addressed until the dairy industry looks to the way it farms. Ever more intensive methods of producing milk without thought for animal welfare must be considered to be one of the main reasons that TB continues to be the scourge it is.
Please help the campaign against this badger cull by visiting www.teambadger.org and only buy your milk from happy cows which are not intensely farmed.