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The Badger Debacle Continues

Badger cull

If any of us mortals failed so miserably to meet our own stated goals we would never be given a second chance. But it seems that DEFRA, with the Governments blessing and financial support can carry on massacring badgers despite.

NOT ACHIEVING ANY TARGETS!

MOVING THE GOALPOSTS!

FLYING IN THE FACE OF INDEPENDENT SCIENTIFIC ADVICE!

How is it that DEFRA can ignore laws which state it is illegal to take, Injure or kill a badger?

The whole thing is a joke and typifies how we approach animal welfare when it “may” threaten money-making enterprises.

Not able to shoot in a straight line, the teams of so-called experts resorted to caging the animals first and then shooting the helpless creatures!

Because targets were not met, DEFRA’s own scientific evidence indicates that the risk of spreading TB among the bovine herds in the cull areas has been increased!

So instead of trapping these poor animals in cages and blasting them to pieces, they could have trapped and inoculated them in the first place!

What a wast of innocent animal lives and tax payers money. and what a terrible reflection on our country.

Now is the time to stop the slaughter so please;

Write to your local MP and ask them to sign the Early day motion 299

http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2013-14/299

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Whats wrong with what we eat?

Mark Bittman: What’s wrong with what we eat

Have a look at this video, it should make you think about your eating habits!

For instance did you know;

  • Seventy billion animals are factory farmed and eaten in the World every year!

  • That each of the Worlds 1.5 billion cows emits the same amount of methane as a car!

  • That more antibiotics are used in the treatment of of factory farmed animals than in humans and then these untested drugs find their way into the human food chain.

  • That if you eat meat on a regular basis you are 20% more likely to get cancer later in life!

An argument for saving badgers

There has been a lot of interest in the plight of badgers in the last few weeks, with just days to go before the possible killing of thousands of these wild animals it is hard not to be swept along with the passion of the debate whether you are pro or against the cull.

Being a non-meat eater for ethical reasons my natural instinct is to abhor the idea of killing any animal for profit and this post reflects my view on the subject, if you would like to add to the discussion  I would appreciate hearing your views.

Since this debate has been going on I have read articles from people on both sides of the argument and tried to make sense of some of the scientific papers that are prolific on the net.

I was reading some interesting material in Wikipedia regarding the history of TB, the latest research suggests that TB was originally a human disease that transmuted to animals and that it was farming practices some 6000 years ago that started the problems in farm animals which went on to cause so many problems through all those years and is still with us now.

The point of mentioning this is that it is us the humans who have caused a problem which has killed millions of wild and domesticated animals through our farming practices and yet it is the wild animals that have to suffer the consequences.

So I write this post from the view-point of a non-meat eater who would prefer we didn’t eat meat at all but who would rather see a terrible situation improved if not resolved.

Over the years we have genetically engineered farm animals to be more and more productive in terms of meat and milk production. Many scientists are commenting that whilst the engineering has improved meat and milk production it has been at the expense of the ability to fight off diseases. so are we responsible for causing this problem and spreading disease through our wildlife?

As BTB is a respiratory disease spread by close contact isn’t it a fact that intensive farming techniques especially the indoor systems provide the ideal environment for the disease to spread?

Where cattle are grazed outside they are very often strip grazed requiring that the animals eat all the grass in a specific area every day, if the area for the day is in the same proximity as a badger trail or droppings doesn’t this force the cattle to eat close to possible sources of infection?

When cattle are bought and sold it is normally through  markets, the risk of cross infection from animals crammed together in pens must be very high, isn’t this one of the biggest causes of the spread of the disease?

The badger is just one species of wild animal, there are many who live in proximity to farmed animals including deer and birds who can carry disease, if the badger cull works is the plan then to expand the idea and cull other species as well?

My ideas for reducing reducing the risk of this disease would be;

  • Breed cattle for hardiness and resistance to disease as well as higher yields.
  • Stop the highly intensive factory farming methods that promote the spread of infections like Bovine TB.
  • Graze farm animals more naturally giving them more chance to avoid eating near high risk areas.
  • Identify and fence of wildlife areas from the areas that farmed animals use.
  • Protect all animal feeds from wild animals as the disease can live for days on materials like hay and silage.
  • Stop using markets to buy and sell animals! It doesn’t make sense, with modern technology all animals should be auctioned on site and moved directly from farm to farm.
  • Design mobile slaughterhouses that can go straight to the farm, this would reduce the stress on the animals caused by transportation and reduce the risk of spreading disease.

These are only some ideas, there are people out there who I am sure have and will come up with more options so that farming and wildlife can coexist. The problem is that in the short term these practices are expensive for farmers and why should they have to face all the costs?

Farmers are only serving the consumer and it is the consumer who dictates the price and quality of food, with a lot of influence from the big retailers!

That’s why it is the consumer that has to push for change. We have got so used to being able to have meat every day and not paying much for it. For farmers to be able to provide an environment for their animals as described above they need to be able to charge more for their product. If we ate half the meat at twice the price, everybody including the wildlife could be happy!

So please use your voice and more importantly your pocket,  if you don’t want to stop eating meat then think about reducing the amount of meat you eat which will be good for your health, for your wallet and for wildlife.

I look forward to hearing your views on this post

Paul Svendsen

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Badger cull ‘mindless’, say scientists

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/13/badger-cull-mindless

Badger cull ‘mindless’, say scientists

You don’t have to be a scientist to see that this is wrong! I just hope the government has the sense to stop this pointless and heartless exercise before hundreds of these wonderful creatures are killed. You can sign the E-petition against the cull by following this link http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/38257

let kindness and caring replace  greed and cruelty”

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Do Animals Get Depressed!

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2012/10/121004-animals-depression-health-science/

This article in the National Geographic asks the question, Do Animal Get Depressed?

OF COURSE THEY DO!

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out that most animal give quite clear signals when they are unwell or unhappy, given the way we treat most animals perhaps it’s just easier to believe that they don’t have feelings and not feel guilty about what we do to them.

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