In my opinion: Farmers want your money but don't care about your views
Reading in the local press about the comments made and complaints laid against RSPCA chief Gavin Grant from farmers and the NFU we can see that a large scale propaganda campaign is underway to counteract any drop off in sales of beef and dairy produce as the badger cull gets underway. Money is no object for these people.
"Trust the Tractor" is the cry – and remember that badgers have bought rover tickets to travel up and down the country spreading bTB to cattle. Cattle movements are not to blame, it's all the badgers' fault. If you look out for them you will see them on buses and trains, dressed rather smartly and wearing striped trousers – and with a tickily cough.
The injunction brought by the NFU essentially failed. If it had been granted in full just about anyone walking in the countryside could have be banned, as they may interfere with the badger cull. It would have even banned the candlelight vigil in Minehead if this injunction was granted in full – and yet the farmers want our money but not our views. We are asked to be loyal and buy British products from British farms and put up with this cull. We simply do not matter to them!
Now I read the NFU chairman Peter Kendall has stated that the National Farmers Union acknowledges that people have a democrat right to protest! But excuse me, is the NFU running the country as well as the local rural police forces?
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However Michael Ashton the local pro-cull farmer seems to have taken on the roll to demonise and smear Brian May, one of NFU biggest opponents over this mad badger cull.
To read and comment on bTB one needs to read scientific papers. Now I and Dr May both have science degrees so both are able and familiar with research papers and therefore able to read and comment on this topic and take part in the debate.
It is not pleasant to be informed that we have nothing to add to this debate and our views are not welcome or wanted by the farming community.
It seems even small animals vets are being targeted as the enemy, one assume because small animal vets do not have to take account of the big farming paymasters that a typical veterinary practice must. Small animal vets can have their own view on the badger cull. Now we all know that the poor badger probably got TB from cattle and everyone knows that the mayor part of any bTB eradication plan is better cattle testing and the need for much stricter cattle movement controls and much improved biosecurity on farms.
But now the farmers don't want to play ball; wildlife is a pest and bigger and better profits are available without the wildlife. So Trust the Tractor and buy British – it's your duty and your farmers need your money!