Badger cull will not work
Sir: In response to your article ‘NFU still committed to ‘comprehensive’ badger cull’ (thegrocer.co.uk, 26 October), I’d like to point out that the ‘most recent science’ indicates that culling is not effective whatsoever, only temporarily alleviates a small proportion of the problem (16%, meaning that 84% of the problem/cause remains), and increases incidents of bTB in areas surrounding the cull.
There is not one iota of scientific information that supports the efficacy of badger culling as any type of a solution to this problem. Such efforts to support a badger cull should be actually redirected to legalising a cattle vaccine, which is the ONLY solution to this problem.
Why isn’t the NFU vigorously campaigning for cattle vaccination? It is interesting to note that this is NOT a human health issue, but an economic one for the beef/dairy industry. One would think that the logical solution of cattle vaccination would be high on the NFU’s agenda.