"This is despite scientific studies which have shown that culling would be of little help in reducing the disease in the long term, and could actually make things worse in some areas." - RSPCA
“I can’t understand how anybody who’s looked at the science would say this is a good idea.” - Professor John Krebs
"Time and again in recent years, responsible and authoritative research has concluded that a cull will not prevent cattle from contracting TB, and indeed that it could make the situation worse." Bill Oddie
Majority objected to badger cull before policy was approved - The Independent
Simply put a cull is not good for us as humans. It will lead to a larger spread when we should be taking better care of cattle to start with rather than engaging in such intense farming. Do we really want people tearing around the countryside with guns shooting wildlife? How will they dispose of all the corpses? Burn them? The alternative is oral vaccination for both cattle and badgers. Safer and far more effective. I for one would fundraise for that. I am also concerned that the shooting of badgers will introduce a new rural bloodsport and add extra support to the repeal of the Hunting Act.
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Here is what we are calling for instead (from http://www.greenexe.org.uk/badgers/)
WHY WE OPPOSE THE BADGER CULL
It is inhumane
- Shooting of free-running badgers will cause substantial injuries and suffering, leaving many cubs to starve to death. The RSPCA and other animal welfare organisations are warning of a welfare disaster.
- A long-term study by top scientists has already established that badger culling "CAN MAKE NO MEANINGFUL CONTRIBUTION TO THE CONTROL OF TB IN CATTLE IN THE UK." The Government's own key advisor Lord Krebs has stated publicly that a cull "would be a mistake".
- The study showed that 5 out of 6 of badgers culled were not infected. No data on the level of infection has been collected since.
- Culling can actually make matters worse, as infected badgers fleeing from the shooting take the disease with them and spread it to other areas.
- According to Lord Krebs, culling would only reduce the level of TB in cattle by around 12 - 16 per cent. Although badgers (and other wildlife) do carry TB and pass it on to cows, cattle-to-cattle transmission is a far more significant factor.
- According to opinion polls, the vast majority of the public - in both urban and rural regions - are against a cull. Bovine TB is a serious problem, but the cruel and indiscriminate slaughter of our much-loved native animals merely to appease the farming lobby is not the answer.
WHAT WE ARE CALLING FOR INSTEAD In the short term:
- A badger vaccination programme. Experts - including many farmers - agree that this is the best way forward. Substantial public funds have already been invested in a vaccine, and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust and the National Trust - on its Killerton estate here in Devon - are leading the way with pilot vaccination projects conducted at their own expense.
- Properly enforced hygiene measures, accurate testing procedures and stricter controls on cattle movements.
- Investment in higher welfare standards. Stocking densities and milk yields have increased dramatically over the last 30 years. Intensive farming puts dairy cows under enormous stress, leaving them susceptible to disease.
Please check out the video from the ITN News