Young Badger (Meles meles) by entrance to sett, Staffordshire, June

The sad news is that the badger cull has now started. The aim is to kill 5,000 Badgers in the pilot areas. Who knows how many more will be killed if the pilot is then rolled out across the country. Living in a farming community, I have great sympathy for those whose livestock have been infected by Bovine TB. But personally, I do not believe that a cull is the answer to Bovine TB. The cause of the problem posed by Bovine TB is complex and is not simply a result of Badger/livestock contact. Nor do I believe the cull is ethical or moral. I am concerned that the cull is politically motivated rather than being based on scientific evidence. I can understand why there is indifference from many towards the cull, after all most people have not seen a living Badger and most will not do so in their lifetime. As the news today shows yet again, there are clearly more pressing problems in the world than the loss of a few Badgers.

Many years ago, St Francis of Assisi said, “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”. If we cannot stop the slaughter of innocent animals, what hope is there to stop the slaughter of innocent men, women and children?


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