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Do you agree with culling badgers in West Berkshire?

What do you think of the proposed badger cull in Berkshire and Hampshire to tackle bovine TB?

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  • cathysorbo

    28/03/2018 - 10:10

    Badgers are not responsible for the spread of BtB - this is a cattle disease and its time farmers cleaned up their farms rather than trying to put the blame on an innocent creature.

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    • Sysiphus's Apprentice

      03/04/2018 - 09:09

      Unfortunately Bovine Tuberculosis if caused by a zoonotic pathogen which means it can affect most mammals. The badger, because of it's lifestyle, happens to be in the wrong place at the right time. The reality is that the real culprit is probably the brown rat along with feral cats who are acting as carriers. Random killing of badgers only helps to spread the disease as infected animals are relocating to areas that may be TB free. It is a dreadful disease which needs addressing but this is not the way.

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  • Moobag

    28/03/2018 - 00:12

    After thousands upon thousands have been culled in Repblic of Ireland they still have Btb. After culling badgers in Somerset for 5 years, Btb has increased. They culled 90,000 possums in New Zealand, 39 tested positive for m bovis - what reduced Btb was a new identification tracing system and better testing. In the UK it is voluntary for farmers to advise cattle has lost ear tags, it is voluntary for farmers to advise the history of cattle, cattle are still brought from high risk areas as they are cheaper. The badger cull does not work. It's inhumane, inefficient and a total waste of money which should be put into better testing and bio security ...

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  • Fiona Sapphire

    26/03/2018 - 16:04

    The science has already shown that the cull is not having the effect that it was supposed to, but yet again, the government are ignoring the facts and doing their own thing. Perhaps we should be looking at the absolutely disgusting factory farming processes that we subject our cows to, that might shed some light on why there is so much disease - not to mention the overuse of antibiotics that is contributing to drug resistant superbugs... but it's all about money, isn't it? Animal welfare, and the welfare of the people, is not a Tory party concern.

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  • jackdaw

    24/03/2018 - 00:12

    IF THERE,S ANY CULLING NEEDED IN WEST BERK,S IT,S NOT THE POOR BADGER,S IT,S THE DIRTY SCUMBAG DRUG DEALER,S SPREADING DESEASE

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    • NewburyJohn

      NewburyJohn

      27/03/2018 - 13:01

      I AGREE ALL CHAVS SHOULD BE PUT TO DEATH LIKE IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS. BADGERS ARE INOCCENT AND GOOD FOR PUTTING A MEAL ON THE TABLE, MY FAMILY DONT NEED FRANKENFOODS

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