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“Nobody who respects our wildlife would ever consider visiting Somerset or Gloucestershire, since these are the initial target areas for the mass slaughter of our badgers which will take place over the next 9 years throughout England. Since ‘culling’ (to use the correct euphemism) has been tried for 10 years and shown to fail in halting TB, the intention is to wipe out the badger population completely, but even this will only effect a reduction of at the most 16%, since over 80% of TB transmission is from cow to cow, caused by the farmers themselves moving cattle over large distances. They have also been swapping name tags from sick valuable animals to healthy less valuable ones, and some farmers have even been deliberately infecting their ‘stock’ in order to claim compensation.

Nobody would wish to holiday in Somerset, knowing that they could go for a stroll in the countryside and come across these gun toting maniacs blasting away at our wonderful wildlife. It’s no use appealing to this corrupt government who choose to ignore the scientific evidence in favour of pandering to the dairy farmers who caused TB in their own cattle in the first place by their own malpractice. Those who care should join the growing boycott of meat and dairy products, or at least try to make a significant reduction in consumption. They should also avoid holidaying in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

BOYCOTT SOMERSET”

By noumenal Posted: August 19, 2012

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  • phoebeast  |  August 21 2012, 4:17PM

    This is hilarious..who does this person think they are, get a life.

  • noumenal  |  August 21 2012, 4:32PM

    "This is hilarious..who does this person think they are, get a life." A carefully thought out and thought-provoking reply by this scintillating intellect.

  • noumenal  |  August 26 2012, 11:25AM

    Other forms of wildlife also carry TB, so farmers will presumably scapegoat these species when this massacre fails to solve the problem. The deer however will thankfully not be targeted, despite carrying TB, since there are too many powerful landowners making a fortune from them, and the last thing they wish to do is to inform their consumers about the danger of eating venison. Killing any badger is a crime according to the Berne Convention, so any protestor will be entitled to make a citizen's arrest of those involved.

  • mt1832  |  September 21 2012, 11:13AM

    I was born and brought up a country village, nothing really new here. The local landowner's gamekeeper where I lived slaughtered virtually all wildlife so they could breed and shoot pheasants without any predation from native species. Don't blame the farmers, they just want to make money any way they can and ignore the consequences - it's the politicians who allow this and a Conservative government, with many farmers and landowners supporting them financially, will always obey their paymasters.

  • noumenal  |  September 22 2012, 12:20PM

    I wonder what happened to the rest of my original message? Let's see if the censors pass this one: Farmers are greedy parasites who leech off the taxpayer – even a small sheep farmer gets well over £20,000 per annum. They have no respect for their animals, and have caused this disease initially through their own malpractice – the average life expectancy of the dairy cow is a quarter of what it would be under normal circumstances, and they are forced to produce 10 times the amount of milk that would be consumed by the calf. The normal dispensary attached to a dairy farm is the size of your average chemists' shop, since these miserable creatures have to be pumped with drugs and antibiotics to counteract their severely impaired immune systems. Is it any wonder that they are so susceptible to diseases? Any rules that do exist are routinely flouted, and farmers care nothing for the law of the land – that's why they have been illegally slaughtering badgers in their thousands for many years, and dumping their corpses by the roadsides. The leading experts in this field are Lord Krebs and Professor John Bourne, both of whom have rejected this 'cull' on purely scientific grounds, so it is motivated purely by political considerations. If they succeed in perpetrating this 'cull', it will be easier for Cameron and co. to pass legislation enabling landowners to slaughter birds of prey that predate on 'game' birds. Of course, nothing will be done to combat the 80% of TB transmission caused by the farmers themselves moving their cattle around the country.

 
 

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