Badger cull does not make it open season
As most readers will be aware, the Government will very soon be carrying out a badger cull in designated areas of Gloucestershire and Somerset in a futile attempt to control bovine TB in cattle.
Marksmen will be employed to shoot free-running badgers over a period of at least six weeks.
The Government says that it aims to kill 70 per cent of badgers in the given area and claim this will reduce the incidence of bovine TB by 12 per cent, to 16 per cent, over nine years.
However, to kill 70 per cent, one must first know the total number of badgers in the designated area, which covers approximately 70 square miles.
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Badgers are secretive creatures and numbers cannot be reckoned accurately despite the use of "hair traps".
Almost all of the badgers killed will be healthy.
However, when their setts are disturbed, badgers that escape the slaughter will scatter around the countryside, in a few cases, taking the disease with them to otherwise uninfected areas.
Also, however careful the marksmen are, accidents are bound to happen when other animals, domestic pets and people are targeted in error.
Culling will not work.
Huge amounts of money will be wasted.
There will be untold acts of cruelty and all for no benefit.
Badger vaccination is the answer and it is being carried out already in the South-West.
If readers feel strongly about this slaughter and want to stop the cull, please sign the petition on www.teambadger.org
Tragic evidence is now coming in that people are taking the law into their own hands and shooting badgers (a protected species) in areas completely unaffected by the cull.
It is not open season for killing badgers.
If you find a dead or injured badger with suspected shotgun wounds, do not touch it, but notify the police or the RSPCA.
For further information, see the website of the Badger Trust www.badgertrust.org or our own website www.east-yorkshire-badgers.org
East Yorkshire Badger Protection Group.