RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull

Bromsgrove Advertiser: RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull RSPCA calls for public to fight second badger cull

AN animal welfare charity is calling on people opposed to the badger cull to fight against a potential second phase.

The controversial pilot cull, aimed at reducing the spread of tuberculosis(TB) in cattle, was carried out in West Gloucestershire on the Gloucestershire- Worcestershire border last year.

The RSPCA is concerned the "farcical and costly badger cull" could very soon be extended across the country and is calling on people opposed to the cull to sign a petition.

It said the threat is more imminent after landowners in Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Worcestershire, East Sussex, Shropshire, Cheshire, Wiltshire and Herefordshire were invited to submit applications for badger cull licences.

David Bowles, RSPCA Head of Public Affairs and Campaigns, said: “There is no justification to continue with these misguided plans, let alone extend them.

"We care about both cattle and badgers but science has shown the cull is not the answer to bovine TB in cattle, and the pilot culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire last year were a catalogue of errors from start to finish.

"We would urge anyone who does not want more such deaths to contact their MP, vote against the expansion of the cull and urge their councillors to stop local authority land from being used in any cull.”

An eight-week extension was granted until December after just 708 of an estimated 2,350 badgers in the area were killed – about 30 per cent of the total - in the first six weeks.

But this was cut short due after culling contractors told Natural England a significant reduction in badger numbers by that date was unlikely.

Earlier this month it was claimed TB figures used to justify the cull were grossly overstated due to a ‘computer error’.

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11:43am Wed 19 Feb 14

nicki1967 says...

I've contacted our local MP more than once about the badger cull and, unfortunately, he is actually FOR it. It's just a shame that 'our' government refuse to take any notice of the science as they would then realise that the cull is just murder and a couple waste of time and money. Incidentally, slightly off topic, he is also one of the MPs that wants the fox-hunting with dogs act repealed. I would urge people to vote for The Green Party.
I've contacted our local MP more than once about the badger cull and, unfortunately, he is actually FOR it. It's just a shame that 'our' government refuse to take any notice of the science as they would then realise that the cull is just murder and a couple waste of time and money. Incidentally, slightly off topic, he is also one of the MPs that wants the fox-hunting with dogs act repealed. I would urge people to vote for The Green Party. nicki1967
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12:40pm Wed 19 Feb 14

willing says...

nicki1967 wrote:
I've contacted our local MP more than once about the badger cull and, unfortunately, he is actually FOR it. It's just a shame that 'our' government refuse to take any notice of the science as they would then realise that the cull is just murder and a couple waste of time and money. Incidentally, slightly off topic, he is also one of the MPs that wants the fox-hunting with dogs act repealed. I would urge people to vote for The Green Party.
Oh please...murder...re
ally? Murder is only a crime against humans for goodness sake. Because you feel so passionately for the cause of badgers, and very probably all animals, and you are very likely a vegetarian (or even vegan), that does not mean that you are right, and everyone not sharing your view is wrong.

The scientific community remain split on this issue, much as they were thirty or forty years ago! I take no particular stand on this, but have been presented with no reason not to trust the government's scientific advisors. I do however feel that the RSPCA has no right, as a charity funded by public donations, to enter the political arena this way. I wonder how many people who might respond to the RSPCA's call to protest, have any solid scientific knowledge, or whether they are simply joining the hysteria
[quote][p][bold]nicki1967[/bold] wrote: I've contacted our local MP more than once about the badger cull and, unfortunately, he is actually FOR it. It's just a shame that 'our' government refuse to take any notice of the science as they would then realise that the cull is just murder and a couple waste of time and money. Incidentally, slightly off topic, he is also one of the MPs that wants the fox-hunting with dogs act repealed. I would urge people to vote for The Green Party.[/p][/quote]Oh please...murder...re ally? Murder is only a crime against humans for goodness sake. Because you feel so passionately for the cause of badgers, and very probably all animals, and you are very likely a vegetarian (or even vegan), that does not mean that you are right, and everyone not sharing your view is wrong. The scientific community remain split on this issue, much as they were thirty or forty years ago! I take no particular stand on this, but have been presented with no reason not to trust the government's scientific advisors. I do however feel that the RSPCA has no right, as a charity funded by public donations, to enter the political arena this way. I wonder how many people who might respond to the RSPCA's call to protest, have any solid scientific knowledge, or whether they are simply joining the hysteria willing
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3:15pm Fri 21 Feb 14

nicki1967 says...

So do you think that it is ok for the government to spend £7.3 million on it, the bulk of which will be picked up by the taxpayer (£5.8 million)??! I know where I'd sooner have my tax spent! Unfortunately the cull is only being extended due to the government avoiding having to admit that it was a failure. Even 2 of the government's scientific advisors have stated that it cannot contribute to reducing bovine TB in cows.
I didn't actually say that people that don't share my, and many others, views on the whole farce were wrong. You are, however, correct that I am a strict vegetarian and believe that all animals have a right to life. I'm also sure that many non-vegetarians share my views on the cull.
So do you think that it is ok for the government to spend £7.3 million on it, the bulk of which will be picked up by the taxpayer (£5.8 million)??! I know where I'd sooner have my tax spent! Unfortunately the cull is only being extended due to the government avoiding having to admit that it was a failure. Even 2 of the government's scientific advisors have stated that it cannot contribute to reducing bovine TB in cows. I didn't actually say that people that don't share my, and many others, views on the whole farce were wrong. You are, however, correct that I am a strict vegetarian and believe that all animals have a right to life. I'm also sure that many non-vegetarians share my views on the cull. nicki1967
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