Take a Stand for Badgers on June 1st

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Response from Julie 18th May 2013:

Obviously this is close to my heart having lost two pet cows as inconclusive and being told my cows will contract Tb from wildlife at some point although we try to keep badgers out of winter areas it is not easy from fields (we are a closed herd) .there seems to be loads of contradictory evidence from both sides. I believe the badgers are getting Fair amount of publicity but saving cows is getting none although thousands are already slaughtered.

Most farmers i know want a Vaccination for their cows to protect them and I believe this is what should be pushed. The government will not push Europe to accept Diva test following vaccination animal rights have got it wrong by just concentrating on the cull the situation is so much worse farmers are losing livelihood in southwest but also are really struggling emotionally losing their livestock, cows often killed unnecessarily. I really hope transition think about the many people effected by the loss they already experience in this area not just wildlife which we know is important but at what cost

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4 responses to “Take a Stand for Badgers on June 1st

  1. karen harrison

    Whilst I sympathise with keepers of cows, from what I gather, if a herd is organic it is MUCH less likely to contract TB from wherever, as their immune systems are stronger.

  2. Personally I would suggest raising the levels of compensation that farmers receive for positive TB results (until a viable vaccine is available). And do this instead of a badger cull – a cull which does not seem likely to have any significant impact on bovine TB levels.

    But I would also add that Transition as a movement is to me about doing positive things rather than protesting – so I am not of the view that this is something Transition related.

    Simon Rayson

  3. I agree with you Julie. It is important not to lose sight of the impact on the welfare of cows, and the stress to their owners, and also the suffering of the badgers with this disease. Polarising the debate fiercely pro or anti cull doesn’t really solve the problem. The question is, how can the disease be eradicated, in cattle and badgers?

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