FOR many of us, badgers are harmless creatures going about their daily lives, but for farmers it’s a whole different story. The badger population is ‘apparently’ putting whole livestock populations at risk of infection from tuberculosis (TB), but there’s no defining evidence to suggest that a mass cull of badgers would solve the problem.

This Wednesday, MPs will debate the fate of our wonderful badgers, who face being killed by angry and bitter farmers – of whom make a living from rearing cattle in the UK’s farms and small holdings. The Labour Party have tabled a motion against the Government decision to allow a badger cull, which it says will have a positive impact on Britain’s farms and livestock populations whilst ensuring that our badger populations stay healthy.

But badger culls aren’t new. The Republic of Ireland has been culling badgers since the 1980s. The Welsh Assembly Government have taken a different approach by vaccinating badgers – identifying that badgers are the root of the problem, but that there are more humane ways of dealing with it. Scotland doesn’t have a problem with TB, and so are not faced with the difficult decision over our defenceless little badgers who potter in their burrows.

The question must be asked – do we really care about our wildlife? I know I do! As a child, I spent many occasions watching the hit BBC television show ‘Bodger and Badger’ where Badger would be up to his knees in mashed potato and would cause mayhem with his antics when annoying Bodger.

How can we do this to our badgers? They provide our countryside with so much. They represent English heritage like true professionals and we’re about to abandon them at the last hurdle.

We can only hope that our MPs vote sensibly on this coming Wednesday in the House of Commons.


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