Sunday, 14 October 2012

Badgers - TB or not TB?

The badger cull is back in the news accompanied by much emotive argument. Feelings are very strong on either side and I don't intend to add fuel to the fire. It seems clear that we shall not really know if culling badgers will be effective in reducing TB in cattle until it is done, despite all the work done by Krebs.
However one aspect of the situation  I have not heard anyone voice is that we are currently culling about 30,000 cattle a year which have TB whilst the badger is protected from such treatment. Perhaps redressing the balance might be worth the anguish of those who prefer badgers to cattle.

Cuddly badger?

or cuddly cattle?

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