Was the government right to rule out a badger cull in England? (Poll now closed)

76% (2810 votes)
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Total votes: 3699

Badger cull

Sat, 18/07/2009 - 21:29

I am strongly against a cull of badgers for a bovine disease problem.
One of the arguements used by some people is the number of animals killed every year. Consider the following:
In 2002 ( the last year I have statistics for )

19,792 cows were killed for Bovine tb BUT
31,000 were killed for lameness
90,000 were killed for mastitis
125,000 were killed for infertility.

No further comment.

Badgers are a protected

Tue, 14/07/2009 - 21:11
Sandrine Revert

Badgers are a protected species, for a reason. They have always been persecuted, it's time to let them live their life, and time to stop wanting to "control" animal populations. They do not need us for that, nature knows how to regulate itself.

Badger culling is barbaric, cruel and unnecessary.

Wed, 08/07/2009 - 10:04

as is hunting foxes, shooting 'game' birds and other so-called farmer-friendly activities.
The government WAS right to stop a badger cull, and should also stop sitting on the fence on fox-hunting. When is a hunt a hunt? When human'kind' are involved!


Thu, 09/07/2009 - 08:49
joey lump

It'll be interesting to see what will happen with the Welsh cull


Tue, 07/07/2009 - 15:04

I farm land that is part of a Nature Reserve in the S.East of England. 25 years ago there was one Badger sett and there were many ground nesting birds that successfully raised young here, today there are 22 Setts and there are no longer any ground nesting birds or Bumble bee nests as the Badgers take everything.
It is becoming a total waste of time looking after the wildlife with so many Badgers. They have to be culled or we lose many of our common and rare species of birds and other wildlife.
We do not have a TB problem just too many Badgers.

It is no coincidence that a type of Bumble bee that has beome extinct in recent years and was last recorded at Dungeness in Kent. There were no Badgers on Romney Marsh before 1955 and this was the furthest point that they colonised in the latter years. An attempt to recolonise the Bumbles from New Zealand will I fear fail as the Badgers will remove all of the nests they make.

Badger cull

Tue, 07/07/2009 - 13:34

Yes it is right not to have a cull in England or anywhere else for that matter. I always come round to the same question regarding the badger cull. With all the question of money being spent on the slaughter of animals with TB costing the taxpayer, why on earth isn't this money being pooled into producing a cheap vaccine for farmers to give to their cattle and greater restrictions on animal transportation? Stop using the badger as a scapegoat!

Badger cull

Fri, 19/06/2009 - 17:16

What to do about all the cattle being slaughtered then?

As if you care?

Wed, 08/07/2009 - 10:06

The answer is easy - stop eating them.

I hope from your last comment you're a vegan Jools

Thu, 09/07/2009 - 08:48
joey lump

And trust me there's nothing wrong with it if you are. Different strokes for different folks.

But if you aren't and you drink milk, how do you feel about the calves slaughtered so you can?

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