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    The controversial badger cull has been devalued.

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    papa_umau
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    The controversial badger cull has been devalued.

    Post by papa_umau on Fri 28 Mar 2014, 12:01 pm

    The badger cull is one of the most controversial farming and wildlife policies in the last 40 years. Political support for the policy in Westminster has been draining away in the past six months, following the pilot culls in Gloucester and Somerset, which are now widely considered to have been a disaster on scientific, economic and animal welfare grounds.

    However, under considerable pressure from farming and landowning interests, the government is clinging to the wreckage of the policy and plans to continue badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire this summer and possibly extend the cull into Dorset as well.




    I have always believed that the farmers have been looking for a scapegoat here as they have not been willing to admit that the transmission of bovine tuberculosis from cow to cow was their fault.

    It was easy to blame the badgers as they had few people that were in power that were willing to stand up for them.

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    A news item yesterday found that four people had contacted tuberculosis from domestic cats and that there was discovered to be a cluster of cats that were infected by this disease.

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    Re: The controversial badger cull has been devalued.

    Post by Angie baby on Sat 29 Mar 2014, 4:47 pm

    That thing about the cats was on the news but I think it said that bovine tuberculosis cannot be caught by humans.

    Mind you if domesticated cats can carry it, and as they are wide-ranging creatures when they go out on the prowl at night, they too could spread the disease among cattle.

    Then again, if it is true that we cannot get bovine TB, why do they TB-test and pasturise milk that humans are going to drink ?
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    Re: The controversial badger cull has been devalued.

    Post by papa_umau on Sun 30 Mar 2014, 11:15 am

    Actually Angie, Bovine TB can be caught by humans.

    It is called M-bovine TB when it transfers from cattle to humans either through milk or through uncooked meats - eaten from infected cattle.

    That is why the tuberculin testing and pasteurisation of cow's milk has been in place for many years.

    The food standards agency state that the chance of humans catching M-bovine TB is so negligible that it is not worth worrying about.

    With this in mind I see no reason for the mass culling of badgers for a disease that almost completely only effects cattle when the cross-contamination of these TB-infected cattle has not been proved to be solely or even marginally caused by transmission from badgers.

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