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LETTER: Badgers' suffering will not be witnessed

By shill  |  Posted: September 01, 2014

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Whatever views one holds on the next badger cull , one thing is blatantly clear. Independent observers were appointed at the first cull and reported that between five per cent to ten per cent of the badgers shot took up to 10 minutes of suffering before they died.

So at the next cull the government will not allow independent observers so that any suffering of the shot badgers will not be exposed to the public again.

Of course the Conservative party members in general support the killing of wildlife (fox and stag hunting along with hare coursing).

David Cameron has “ridden out” with the Heythrop Hunt in Oxfordshire, so will have few concerns over the suffering of a few badgers.

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  • dianebartlet  |  September 02 2014, 12:06AM

    We will film, I hear many areas will have secret cameras in secret locations to film the brutality for all to see. I don't think I have ever felt so ashamed to be British, this is the stuff of other countries not ours. Wales have beaten the English with 50% fall in bTB in just 5 years whilst Tories choose to kill wildlife with no evidence of disease in Badgers. I have voted Tory in the past but never again after this! I have never lobbied at an election but will this election. I hate this government for their incompetence and for not supporting our farmers like Wales have done.

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  • Clued-Up  |  September 01 2014, 4:50PM

    I agree, I think Cameron doesn't care much about the suffering of animals (or of human beings, come to that). What I think Cameron will care much more about is having the badger cull blow up in his face during the lead in to the General Election. There's a police investigation now underway into the cullers' alleged criminal behaviour and safety lapses (the one sparked by the military whistle-blower whose report DEFRA sat on for 6 months and didn't pass on to the Independent Expert Panel as they should have done). There's the likelihood DEFRA will be forced to publish in October embarrassing revelations about the risk / benefits analysis they did before the badger cull started; that analysis will shed light on how much risk DEFRA was prepared to load onto the public for how little benefit, how cosy DEFRA got with individuals in the NFU leadership and what role the NFU played in this whole debacle. What's predictable even now is that all the errors and suffering of the last cull will be repeated.

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