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Remove badgers from the list of protected animals

Comment 13th July 2010

Allow farmers to cull badgers on their own land. This would reduce the TB problem and still leave plenty of badgers untouched. Many people think that the present pressure of numbers facilitates the spread of TB and that if the population was controlled many farmers would be happy to see a few around the place. It is also unnecessary to worry about moving setts. Holes can be very dangerous or inconvenient and badgers are so strong and persistent diggers that filling awkward holes poses little inconvenience to them. Such a change would not affect tha law against cruelty especially badger baiting.

Why does this matter?

 First because TB is endemic in Badgers and it would benefit the species if this could be reduced. Second because the probability is that badgers spread it to cattle resulting in huge losses. Third because the TB may spread to other species, particularly deer.


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