Badger cull: Great Britain is burdened by a badger dilemma, and the controversial solution – 5,000 of the burrowing mammals are due to be shot – is raising outcry, reports telegraph.co.uk on Aug. 27.
The badgers are spreading a bovine tuberculosis and the disease is threatening crops and farm animals. However, opposers to the destruction of the badgers are saying the decision, issued by the U.K., is solely a political one.
Dominic Dyer, writing to politics.co.uk, says the badger cull “has no credible scientific justification, and is simply a political decision to appease farming interests despite huge opposition from most leading scientists, conservationists and the general public.”
Pundits for the cull, including the National Farmers’ Union, said the operations have already begun.
“This is an important step not just for cattle farmers but for the whole farming industry,” says National Farmers' Union president Peter Kendall.
“I know that many of you reading this will have suffered the misery of dealing with [tuberculosis on farms] – some of you for decades – and I hope now you will feel that something is finally being done to stem the cycle of infection between cattle and badgers,” Kendall added.
The hotly debated topic has seen calls to stop the cull via an enormous twitter response, as well as nighttime vigils and protests in Somerset and Gloucestershire.