WMN opinion: A shameful failure to deal with this rural catastrophe
Irresponsible is almost too kind a word to use to describe the Labour Party's policy towards badgers and bovine TB. Politically motivated point-scoring of the very worst kind sums it up rather better. In confirming at the party conference that Labour would abandon the Government's badger cull policy if it wins power in 2015, shadow Defra secretary Mary Creagh condemns farmers – and British wildlife – to decades more misery from this disease. And for what? To win over what she thinks might be a few votes from the animal rights lobby whose real agenda is to bring an end to livestock farming? And to appeal to the largely uninformed general public which doesn't like the idea of iconic mammals like the badger being killed? It's scandalous.
Shadow farming minister Huw Irranca-Davies appears uncomfortable with the position, indicating later that a Labour government might allow the current pilot culls in West Somerset and West Gloucestershire to run their course, if stopping them would make the situation worse. His alternative to the badger cull, to invest greater funds into developing a better oral vaccine, is no alternative at all. It is an abdication of what would be Labour's responsibility, if it were in power, to tackle this disease. Vaccination, even assuming an effective oral vaccine existed, which it does not, simply won't work. Vaccines are ineffective against already infected animals and are only partially effective in protecting healthy animals. There is no strategy so far developed for dealing with TB in wildlife that doesn't include an element of culling.
No wonder Peter Kendall of the NFU told the Farmers Guardian he is furious and frustrated with Labour, who that their policy "will knock the living daylights out of farmers". Is that what Mr Irranca-Davies wants? Is the party he serves reverting to type in neglecting almost completely the rural economy and farming in particular? That's the message many will take from this statement on the badger cull.
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