I'm not a work shy layabout and I'm anti-badger cull
It has certainly been a week or more of badger and supporter "bashing" in the Letters Page.
One contributor describes all supporters as anarchists, anti-farmer extremists and all purpose work shy layabouts. Phew!
If that is not autocratic extremism I do not know what is.
He also describes lying in his bed listening to the marksmen shots and hoping each shot is a dead badger. How sad is that? In the words of an erstwhile American tennis player "You cannot be serious!"
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Another contributor equates badgers with rats and another describes supporters as "the anti cull mob" what sad, sad people!
I wonder what caused this apparent hatred of wild animals and the people who care about them.
Well I am happy to stand and be counted as a badger supporter, and I am not an anarchist, anti-farmer, extremist or a work shy layabout.
If these people bothered to find out I think they would discover that most supporters are ordinary people with a love of all animals wild or otherwise.
Most feel that vaccination is the only fair and right policy, and if the Government could be persuaded to spend the money they want to waste on high speed trains, on the cattle vaccine it could be done and dusted in far less than the ten years they presently quote.
Why on earth cannot this country follow the policy of culling used in Ireland, where if TB is detected on a farm and there is a badger sett on that farm they are then culled, instead of slaughtering thousands of healthy badgers after all the percentage of TB in badgers is quite low.
I have the deepest sympathy for farmers whose cattle become infected with TB.
I am country born and bred and with my husband, have kept bullocks, sheep and goats on our small holding not I may add depending on them as a living, but I would have been devastated if any dire disease had affected them.
One thing I very much object to is the secrecy surrounding these culls, it seems no one is to know how many are killed, and certainly not if they have TB or are healthy.
The post mortems are only to discover if they were killed efficiently and humanely so pro or anti cull will not be able to add to their cause.
The companies or marksmen are not be named, I can understand this in a way if they get unpleasant phone calls, but nobody made them take on the job and the old saying "If you can't stand the heat get out of the kitchen" seems appropriate.
Whatever happened to this government's promises of openness and transparency? The fact that private people or firms are doing this job is neither here nor there, the Government set this up, so they are responsible and the buck stops with them!