Friday, 21 September 2012

Badger Cull

Mark Cawardine, Simon King, Bill Oddie, Chris Packam, Charlie -Hamilton James and David Attenborough, all intelligent individuals who are experts in their field and have a good understanding of the natural world.  Each one is passionately opposed to the badger cull.  These are not individuals who don't understand the realities of the countryside, or who are blinded by the cute and fluffy, they are well known, knowledgeable and well respected individuals.  Why then does the government insist on going ahead and killing thousands of animals when common sense and scientific evidence indicates it is wrong?   Well the quote below is by Professor John Bourne who was the Chair of the Independent Scientific Group on TB, it should give you some idea of the thinking that drives politicians.

‘I think the most interesting observation was made to me by a senior politician who said, “fine John we accept your science, but we have to offer the farmers a carrot. And the only carrot we can possibly give them is culling badgers”.
Professor John Bourne (Chair of the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on TB

One thing I have noticed is that of the few farmers I have spoken to about the cull none have actually sought out any independent information themselves, or for that matter have even read the ISG report.  Instead they have taken at face value everything the National Farmers Union (NFU) has said.  Anyone with an ounce of sense who has bothered to do even a small amount of research can clearly see that it is complete folly, (both as a means of preventing TB as well as financially) to consider a cull. 

If you care in the slightest about wild animals and their welfare I urge you to follow the link below, watch the video, listen to the argument and then sign the petition to stop the badger cull. 

Or simply go direct and sign the petition;


  1. Thanks for that David. I've signed up, not that I imagine that the present government is likely to pay any attention, sadly.

    1. Brilliant Mark I am pleased you signed it. It may be a case they don't listen, but at least they know people care and that people are examining their decisions. If the petition gets over 100,000 signatures it also means there is a good chance of it being debated in the house of commons.