Politicians, farmers leaders, and particularly veterinarians, should know better.
A group of 26 eminent scientists and vets have written to the Prime Minister, urging his government to abandon badger culling and instead focus on cattle-based measures to control the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in cattle.
This World Vegan Day (1 November), isn't it time we ask different questions about bovine tuberculosis (bTB)? Do we simply accept that it will always exist, although we may eventually reach a stage in which bTB is somewhat contained? It doesn't need to be.
As a Gloucestershire resident, I know only too well how much local opposition there is to the badger cull, and how divisive this policy has been within the community.
The only scientists who are pro-cull are those on the payroll of government or the farming industry. Even the BVA's own vets openly attacked their organisation in the Independent last week, accusing them of bringing their profession into disrepute by the BVA's pro-cull stance.
Here are some key facts and figures surrounding the debate over controversial plans for a badger cull to tackle bovine tuberculosis
More than 100,000 people have signed a petition against a cull of badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, in a bid to prompt
A challenge to culls which will kill thousands of badgers has failed at the Court of Appeal. The Badger Trust had attacked
No one denies that TB in cattle is a serious problem. It results in the premature slaughter of many thousands of cattle each year, with devastating impacts for farmers, and at a huge cost to the taxpayer in testing, inspection and compensation. But killing badgers isn't going to reduce TB in cattle.