'Science on the side of badger culling'
I AM concerned 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. Not many people know that the results of the trial were always going to be flawed because many of the badger traps were broken or stolen and badgers released illegally.
If people were given all the facts they would realise why science is on the side of badger culling where there is a need.
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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. It continued to rise until the last 10 years the numbers of TB reacters slaughtered annually have ranged between 24,000 and 38,000.
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.
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