Tag Archives: bovine TB

Badger cull: not in this farmer’s name | Steve Jones | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

So as Defra ministers sign the death sentence for thousands of England’s badgers, my message to them is this. Not in my name. Not in my name should you hoodwink the public into thinking that killing badgers will help struggling farmers, because you are betraying farmers with this unscientific policy. If you really wanted to help farming, you would help it reform and modernise, you’d actively support rather than hinder badger vaccination, you’d take the fight to Europe to green-light cattle vaccination. But instead, it’s far cheaper and easier to just let farmers kill badgers.

More than 120,000 people so far have signed an e-petition calling for the government to kill the cull. For the sake of democracy, science, animal welfare, conservation and farming, I hope they listen.

Good piece. I have signed the petition. I urge you to do likewise.


Control landowners, not badgers – that’s the real answer to bovine TB | George Monbiot | Comment is free | The Guardian

As Bourne points out, the two governments are ignoring not only the science but also the history of bovine TB control. In the 1960s the disease was almost eliminated through rigorous testing of cattle herds and strict quarantine. It was when these measures were relaxed, at the behest of the industry, that the disease began to spread. Tests with a low sensitivity, which were designed to detect TB in a herd, are now misused to clear individual animals. The quarantine period has shrunk from one year to 120 days. (The safe period, Bourne says, should be two years, as the successful Australian programme shows.) The infections springing up far from the hot zone are caused not by badgers but by cattle movements.

[My emphasis.]

I am actually at a loss for words. Please read the whole story on that link.

I also posted a link to another badger story a while ago.