Evidence of the opposite
HOW come the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) state that incidents of TB in cattle have fallen in England where massive badger culling has taken place and there is evidence of the opposite?
Recently, FUW has stated in the Carmarthen Journal, under Farming, “Positive impact of badger culling” and ‘that a previous plan to cull badgers should be reinstated’ in Wales.
Why does the FUW insist on a larger badger cull when it is proven that it does not give the desired result? This is based on Government claims that badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire is ‘delivering results’.
However, this has recently been disputed by over 20 scientists and vets who claim that the prevalence of TB in cattle is no lower than it was before this industrial scale of culling 3,656 badgers. They say that “any statement made to the contrary is untrue”. In Somerset TB in cattle fell to 6.1% before the badger culling and rising to 7.2% after four years of badger culling.
In Gloucestershire TB in cattle fell to 6.9% before badger culling and rising to 7.2% after four years of badger culling.“
Further it should be remembered that the Randomised Badger Culling Trial stated in its overall conclusion that ‘badger culling cannot meaningfully contribute to control cattle TB in Britain’.
Surely it is very obvious even to the FUW and the Farming Minister in England that the culling of badgers has not helped to decrease TB or been a ‘success’ in cattle and the claims are most misleading and should be withdrawn.
Badger Trust Cymru Whitland.