'Science on side of badger culling'
THE letter from 'Anon, Newent' only increased my concern that the general public are being misled by all the emotional anti-badger cull publicity.
The idea that science is on their side is based on the conclusion made after the badger culling trial that badger culling "cannot meaningfully contribute to TB control".
Some months later, when the results could be seen more clearly, the Government chief scientist, Sir David King, came to the opposite conclusion.
If people were given all the facts, they would realise why science is on the side of badger culling where there is a need. In the early 1970s, when badger culling was first permitted in Great Britain, there were about 6,000 TB reacters in cattle slaughtered annually. By 1986, that number was reduced right down to 638, an all-time low. TB remained at that very low level until 1992 when it began to rise. Why did it start to rise? That was the year that badger culling was made illegal.
NEW PROMOTIONS put out each calender month! Dont miss out!
Terms: Terms and conditions are when order is complete in full 5% discount will be given with this voucher!
Contact: 01452 223149
Valid until: Sunday, June 30 2013
Also in recent years after the 'four area' trial in Ireland, TB in cattle was reduced by between 60 per cent and 96 per cent by badger culling.
TB is one of the reasons why many dairy farmers have given up. I'm afraid the anti-badger cull groups have little or no understanding of the emotional and financial strain that TB causes or they would be more sympathetic.
Name and address supplied