The cull starts today, I don't agree with it as I think the 'evidence' for the transmission of Bovine TB is flimsy at best. 5000 rather lovely wild animals to be killed as a 'test' case? Doesn't seem right....
Admittedly, I've not really looked in the right places (at the right time), but the only badgers you see around this way are stiff ones lying squashed by the A303 - no cull needed here.
Not really one for roadside shrines, or culls on wildlife come to that. In my (very humble) opinion, this is just another piece of knee-jerk tinkering by our glorious leaders, similar to the ban on foxhunting. Piss ups and breweries spring to mind.if they are really stiff, and have a yellow lollypop each side thats a zebra crossing, police have asked you to stop leaving flowers at these sites, thank you,
As there are so many objections to killing them , why not re-home in the big cities , preferably in the homes of the objectors ?
Whilst I dislike farmers (on the grounds I am jealous of all their laaaand) at least they have to provide and care for their flock unlike commercial fishermen who just RAPE the sea's and complain sensible people cut quota's to ensure the thick as **** fishermen dont take every breeding stock in the sea.farmers lobby wins again, still dont think there is a link to bovine tb, also if there was just proves farmers are profiteering bastards.
If we want badgers and cows to co-exist peacefully, couldnt we just keep the cows inside in really small boxes with just a treadmill for exercise. We could call them Battery Cows and this has double meaning, keeping them indoors means we could trap the methane and capture electricity from the turning treadmills to provide them heat, a bit of light and some electronic feeding system.Interesting piece on Ireland today where they have been culling badgers for some time now, TB rates in cattle have fallen. Of course each side will be able to wheel out experts with statistics! I would prefer to see the fields around us with healthy cattle rather than empty except for some cute badgers running around, but if possible would prefer to see some form of inoculation used to sort the problem out.
You wooly liberal! I think Slipperman has come up with a plan though, much more fun than bunnies, which kinda just sit there when you put the lamp on them, kinda unsporting really...Most evidence points to Badgers being infected by cattle. Buuut Badgers can spread the infection. However culling Badgers in one area leads to recolonisation of the culled area by Other Badgers and the circle of infection/reinfection remains.
most farmers I have known who have a downer on Badgers say they get into food bins to eat cattle nuts and infect that way. usually they are the farmers that have crappy indoor conditions for the cattle/bad pasture etc. Good farmers that get infected cattle to me always seem to have a bad farming neighbour.
Ireland has seen a decrese in reactor cattle and infected cattle true but that may be down to the majority of infected cattle being culled and a more robust approach by their version of DARD.
One area of research into the problem often seems to be overlooked. Modern farming looks towards high yeald grasses without what could be termed "weeds" growing alongside the grasses. high levels of clover (especially red clover) may have beneficial properties.
All the Badger sets I know are well out of the way of humans and cattle. true they go into fields where cattle are but mostly on the peripheries. they are very solitary animals. they also help by eating rats and mice.
Just so I'm not thought of a wooly liberal I want to put on record blasting bunnies makes me smile.
Bit early for the plonk mate?If we want badgers and cows to co-exist peacefully, couldnt we just keep the cows inside in really small boxes with just a treadmill for exercise. We could call them Battery Cows and this has double meaning, keeping them indoors means we could trap the methane and capture electricity from the turning treadmills to provide them heat, a bit of light and some electronic feeding system.
Then we just leave them until they are grown and ready for the cull. Dont even need to go in there unless the tradmills stop turning - even then you could just use one of those arcade style hooks to picj them up and throw them in the heater and drop another calf in.
Its the future.
Bit like Mushrooms.
Not on this side of the globe mate - nobody has introduced Badgers yet either.Bit early for the plonk mate?
I think a lot of other solutions were tried or at least proposed?
Vaccination of badgers and cattle against bovine TB