Countryside Matters

I’m not one to deliberately court controversy, as you know, so I’ve put alot of thought into this post, fully aware of the emotive nature of the subject matter.

As I’m sure you’re aware, the Government have sanctioned a test cull of badgers in the south of the country, the exact areas shrouded in secrecy to protect those involved from animal rights activists, who can be quite militant in their methods – remember the ones who stole the remains of a deceased relative of a family connected to the Huntingon Life Sciences laboratory?

The purpose is to try and prevent the ever increasing impact of Bovine Tuberculosis on our Cattle population. At a time when the numbers of cattle being slaughtered is reaching unprecedented levels, it’s widely agreed that action is required. It is the method which is causing the upset. Innoculation of the Cattle population has been suggested, but this won’t solve the problem. It has also been suggested that we attempt to innoculate the badger population – this has been deemed too expensive and too difficult (both the trapping, and ensuring against repeat innoculation, not to mention that this won’t protect against those already infected). So, this leaves the final option, and the one the Government have approved – the cull.

In my capacity as an employee of a prominent Insurance company, this matter is currently the subject of advice and recommendations to protect our safety, being potentially in the firing line from the animal rights activists (although no cull is currently planned in this area).

Let’s just think about this for a moment.

There are some things that need to be considered. Firstly, Cattle play an immense role in the human food chain – we get meat, milk (and consequently butter, yoghurts etc) from cows. Unless some action is taken, the cattle numbers in this country will not be able to provide what we need. What’s the alternative? Badgers? Have you tried to milk a badger??!!
Do you fancy a Badger steak with your chips?! No?!
Also, Badgers aren’t really the cuddly little creature you read about in Wind In The Willows, wearing slippers, and living in a tree trunk. They can be nasty little blighters! Let’s compare:

So, just to recap: difficult situation, action required, alternatives considered, controversial decision made. I can see both sides of the argument, but the over-riding message is that until a humane method can be found and proved viable, we have to do what’s required to protect our cattle, and safeguard the future of the keepers of our countryside – the farmers whose livelihoods are so crucially in the balance.
It is also vital to say that this blog is entirely my own opinion and is in no way influenced, or representative of the views of my employer. And that’s the truth.

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