They then lodged an appeal which I can’t find any news for, so I presume it has not been heard yet.
If the cull goes ahead, and this is expected within the next few weeks, at least seven out of every ten badgers across two areas, each approximately the size of the Isle of Wight, will be shot over a six-week period.
If the full policy is rolled out, it could affect up to 40 similar-sized areas across England and result in the deaths of up to 130,000 badgers. The scale of the killing could lead to the disappearance of badgers from many local areas.
This will take place against the backdrop of the largest ever scientific study of badgers and bovine tuberculosis, which took 10 years to conduct and cost £50 million, and which concluded that “badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain.”
So, we have a government that ignores the scientific evidence that it (we?) paid for and the Veterinary profession. Or maybe they just want to clear the countryside of both badgers AND cattle to make way for all that building Mr Pickles announced yesterday and another 4 runway airport to the west of Heathrow. 1984 was not supposed to be an Instruction Manual.
Meanwhile we have an Education Secretary who allows creationism to be taught as a “scientific theory” in state funded schools. Creationism, I think, includes all god’s creatures and that means Badgers.
I’m just wondering whether he might be able to persuade the new Health Secretary to help out here and advise how bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle could be treated with Homeopathy and a big leather stick? It might save some money what with the price of metals these days increasing the cost of bullets. The grapevine is awash with rumours that the Duke and his hunting mates are feeling the pinch.
Here’s Dick the Dawk.