Monday, 8 August 2011

... before you murder me, on the ...

... advice of farmers and scientists, you might remember I was here before the forests were felled, before the ground was cleared, before you created pastures for the reason of my impending demise.

My ancestors, much like "Chamitataxus avitus" were around 6 million years ago ...

 ... but you domesticated the cow only 8 thousand years in the past, and then only in the Middle East, sub-Sahara Africa and India, when exactly did you bring the domesticated cow to Wales,

So before you destroy the Badger, listen to those who might speak on its behalf, after all, he was here first, might not there be another way ?


  1. I have reading about the introduction of rabbits in Australia back in 1859. One farm ordered them. The fence which contained them burnt down and within 30 years the 1.5 million island of Oz was covered with rabbits.

    My argument is that humans by their actions create ecological imbalances. One imbalance is intensive agriculture The cows are unnatural conditions. The cowpats are slung into the slurry pit which is unnatural. The extreme heat in their causes microbilogical activity and the bacteria for Bovine tB emerges.
    This bovine tB slurry is spread onto hte land and both cow and badger are ground feeders...

  2. I was listening to a item about badger culling on radio 4 about 2 weeks ago. I was amazed to hear the Govt. scientist defending the practice admit that the infection rates in cattle only fell by 15 - 30%.

    But that was in the middle of the culling area, on the outskirts the infection rate actually went up.

    This evidently is because badgers are territorial. Infected badgers, from out of area, were moving in to take the place of non-infected badgers that had been culled.

    Had the healthy badgers not been culled, then the cattle would not have been infected (assuming they got it from the badgers in the first place).

    This seems to be a pretty poor practice. Maybe I'm naive, but I understand TB is a bacteriological infection, can it not be treated like other veterinary bacterial infections?

  3. I had TB as a child Bill, it was a long stay in hospital with antibiotics, since then we have developed vaccination for the disease, a short step from us to the badger I think.

    Anon raises an important question, should we penalise the badger because of our actions.