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5,000 badgers to be killed in summer culls

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 10:49 PM

A cull of around 5,000 badgers is set to go ahead this summer in a bid to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, the Environment Minister has announced.


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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:14 PM

Sooooooo after watching the second video (admittedly just because it was Brian May) the British government listens to the citizens' desires about as much as ours does.

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Posted 27 February 2013 - 11:22 PM

It's gonna end badly. Nighttime, over zealous activists, farmers with guns... Farmers wouldn't consider it a massive loss.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 08:57 PM

All I could think about was,,, >>

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 06:19 PM

This is a sensible decision.

Trying to control bovine TB cost the British taxpayer £91 million during the 2010/11 financial year.  We can only begin to reduce this cost if we carry out an effective badger cull in areas where badgers are known to have the disease.

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Posted 03 March 2013 - 09:26 PM

Without a predator like the badger what is going to happen to rodent populations? Rodents can also carry TB that affect cattle. Predator populations help control disease and I fear transmission rates will actually have a good chance of increasing after culling badger populations.

But I'm sure the academics in UK know exactly what they are doing...hopefully.

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Posted 04 March 2013 - 12:59 AM

You can also get TB from bird droppings.

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