Here is an interesting article about the culling of badgers in Southern Ireland.
I am still of the opinion that culling has little to do with the decline in the number of cases of bovine TB. In Ireland a whole raft of other measures were introduced at the same time, such as a much more draconian movement of livestock regime.
The Irish government has stated that their preferred control method would be to vaccinate. but at the moment it is not cost-effective.
Perhaps all the large animal welfare charities and government should, instead of fighting each other, work together to raise enough funds to vaccinate.
This recent report in the Guardian highlights the terrible suffering animals go through to provide our favorite foods.
This is just the tip of a greed driven industry fueled by cost cutting consumers.
Are we really content to let over 55 billion animals suffer every year in this way?
That’s over SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND ANIMALS EVERY SECOND
Apart from the animal cruelty issues, there are many health concerns with eating meat. Read the information from the charity “EVOLVE” if you want to find out more…or perhaps you don’t!
Make your 2014 resolution to either cut down on or give up eating animals….
…and make the World a kinder and healthier place to live (for all of us)
Click the link below to see the BBC report on the Badger Cull.
What a shame so many badgers had to die before they realised they were wrong! I just hope that they will now go down the vaccination route.
I woke this morning and listened to the doom and gloom that is the news. Along with the stories of tornadoes and wars, I noted Princess Ann encouraging people to eat horses to improve welfare and DEFRA falling out among themselves over yet another extension to the badger cull.
It seems to me that we are focusing on the results of our actions and not the causes
Indiscriminate breeding of horses causes the horse problems, modern farming practices causes the badger problems. It’s the same for dogs, cats, guinea pigs and all pets and wildlife that we “manage”
Until we admit that we create the problems, we will continue to justify the actions we are forced to take to clear up the mess.
I now believe that treating the results of the problems we cause could be making it worse.
What do you believe?
We already have 6 rescue cats and could easily have many more as there are thousands of feral and abandoned cats in Spain but how do you deal with this difficult and emotive problem?
Juan Antonio, one of our six rescued cats
People love having kittens but very rarely have them neutered, resulting in an increasing population and a lot of welfare groups trying to deal with the ones that are not wanted.
Where I live the official method of control by the local authorities is to catch the stray/feral cats and destroy them.
The Trap Neuter and Release system works by trapping feral cats checking to see they are healthy and have no transmittable diseases, neutering them and releasing them back to the place they were trapped following up with health care and supplementary feed.
The idea is that by doing this a stable sustainable healthy population of cats remains. If you simply take all the cats from an area and kill them a vacuum is produced which is then populated by more feral cats and the cycle continues.
WTFAW is considering starting a trial project here in Southern Spain and would be interested to hear the views of its readers on this as there are strong views for and against the practice.
Please let us know your views on this.