Badger cull vital in bid to curb bovine TB, says Cumbrian NFU man
Last updated at 15:46, Friday, 21 September 2012
A successful badger cull is crucial if the march of bovine TB towards Cumbria is to be stopped.
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My grandfather farmed in the USA having emigrated in the late 1800's. His wife Mary Loton died there and he returned to GB with his young son. Being unable to cope on his own. He settled down and farmed in Derbyshire from where the family farmed for many decades. Through both world wars as I was informed farming was very hard work. I'll repeat what my late aunt Lucy (or her sister Lily/both typical yankee names) once said on his return to farming in Great Britain. He had said at the time, " This country is the best country in the world to farm, being the best for farming methods and the love of animals" I once talked to a retired farmer in a city park as the mention of the then cruelty to animals and he mentioned the railcar boxing by cowboys of cattle, as many as they could then get into a wagon. Without any regard to animal welfare. USA history shows the course that massive extinction did to native species, wiping out mass of herds such as the Buffalo. He added he would have loved animals and the British love for them then. That was a century ago. The USA made laws to stop such cruelty. World News Animal cruelty tales from UK.... Have we forgotten something? My earliest childhood memory of (my dads side) the families last being called Manor farm in Heage, Derbyshire is being told to keep away from a massive Black Bull. Thankfully the lovely beast was over a stone wall. What muscles! I came away at some childhood stage with pet Banty hen......
I felt sick when I head the first time about culling the badgers. Today, in 2012, no culling should be rectified. Badgers can be vaccinated, so can be the cattle. We are not talking about thousands of pounds. It is very cheep. We are priviledge to live in a country with badgers. I dont understand that not every country man/woman shouts out to stop the nonsense. I give with pleasure a pound of my wage for vaccination to protect the badger.
Ticked off that badgers are always the victims. They are a native animal living in their native country. They should be on a protected species list, not persecuted for the sake of humans. Badgers and cattle should be vaccinated. Yes this will come at a cost, but so will the option of culling and the first option comes at a lower enviromental cost than the culling option.