the forgotten slaughter

Why does DEFRA think it is perfectly acceptable for thousands and thousands of cattle to be slaughtered following a diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis?

This news story  from the Farmers Guardian makes shocking reading and needs shouting from the rooftops. And according to this report in Hansard, the predicted numbers of cattle to be slaughtered this year will be in excess of 40,000.

The disease is continuing to spread into new areas and another story clearly indicates that the veterinary profession believe that badgers are the main source of infection.


Do the bunny huggers hold such sway over the powers that be that infected badgers are worth more than all these cattle? Or does the public just not know about the thousands of cattle deaths?

The suffering of both the cattle, and the families who own these infected bovines cannot be underestimated and all need our sympathy and support.

Here are the latest figuresSurely this indiscriminate slaughter cannot go on.


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One response to “the forgotten slaughter

  1. rural girl

    Too true. People only seem to care what the “bunny huggers” say because they make the most noise. Surely cattle roaming our beautiful countryside and producing milk and meat are far more valuble than badgers that are rarely seen. According to DEFRA the total badgers culled in an eight year trial was 11,000 compared to almost 16,000 cattle so far this year alone. The sheer cost to the taxpayers of this disease (£100 million a year according to the bbc) is surely a sign that this cannot go on?

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