Citizen Comment: Sensible views of farmer in heated cull debate
A HUGE amount of emotion is now being generated about the debate over culling badgers in Gloucestershire.
That debate tends to have two sides – most farmers supporting the planned cull while virtually all of the animal protection groups are against it.
But in today's Citizen, we give the views of a well-known former dairy herd manager who is very much against the cull.
Steve Jones has written an article on page 10 today, which is articulate in its reasoning and does make a lot of sense in this increasingly heated atmosphere.
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"Tuberculosis in humans is a disease of poverty," he says. "Likewise, bovine TB is a disease of impoverishment, brought about, in the main, by the low price a farmer receives for the end product – milk or meat."
Once the shooting of badgers starts, the police will be faced with unprecedented challenges from animal activists.
That, unfortunately, will end any sane and logical debate about the culling.
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