Vaccinate do not kill in cold blood
IT is great that Brian May is calling for the planned badger cull to be stopped. I also completely agree with the recent letter from D F Courtney of Weston.
Badgers are a protected species.
The protection of badgers act came into being in 1992, and it says the following to be illegal:
To wilfully kill, injure, take, posess, or cruely ill trat a badger, or attempt to do so.
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Damaging or destroying a sett.
Obsructing access to a sett.
Disturbing a badger while in a sett.
Offence in relation to persecution.
So when was this act repealed? Because all the points mentioned will happen. It will be case of shoot on sight by anyone who has a gun, licensed or not. Badgers will be injured and dug out of setts by dogs.
There never has been any real confirmation that badgers carry bovine TB. If indeed they do then an injured badger will wander off into another territory, so carrier would spread it and obviously defeat the object.
I also totally agree with D.F Courtney comments about badger baiting, a barbaric sport that despite being made illegal in 1835 still goes on to day. As is hunting with dogs, fox hunting espeacially, despite being made illegal in 2005. In fact fox hunting is more wide spread now than it has ever been!
It seems to me that we are moving backwards instead of forward, with such issues, as a civilised and animal friendly society [I use that term loosely] we should be looking to see that if a cull of any of our precious wildlife is needed that we should be looking to act in the most humane way possible. That is by vaccination and not cold blooded killing, but first let us find the proof of how this disease is actually carried.
I really do have sympathy with farmers that are loosing cattle because of this terrible disease, but please lets not make the killing and extermination of badgers a sport as we have with all other so called pests, in our countryside.