We need vaccination not killing
I SALUTE the way Queen guitarist Brian May led a rally on Bristol's College Green calling for a planned badger cull to be stopped in Gloucestershire and Somerset.
Wildlife groups say up to 130,000 badgers could be killed in an attempt to help eradicate bovine tuberculosis, which last year led to the slaughter of more than 26,000 cattle at a cost of £91 million to the economy.
Of all our wildlife, it seems that badgers attract more public attention than any other. They have been horribly persecuted by us for centuries. They are at the sharp end of a debate about bovine tuberculosis and yet they are regarded with a great deal of affection by so many people.
The incredibly cruel sport of badger-baiting, in which badgers are restrained and in some cases have parts of their jaw removed whilst dogs are set upon them, is still being practiced in some parts of the country in the 21st century, despite being made illegal in 1835.
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A large number of badgers have been culled in government trials to establish whether these animals are responsible for spreading TB amongst cattle.
These creatures are charismatic. They are a part of our world and, hopefully, they are here to stay.
Let's all hope Queen guitarist Brian May can get his message across loud and clear. All we need to save our loveable badger is a vaccination, not cold-blooded killing.
D F Courtney