300,000


The hugely important number which is never, ever, discussed!

Imagine, if you would; your lives, your very livelihood, the place and method by which you earn a living, the very place where your forefathers have lived for generations; is being despoiled, ruined and financially obliterated by a disease. A disease which makes your chosen way of life virtually impossible to continue. A disease which has been directly associated with a carrier animal; but its carriers are protected by Law.

I write, of course, of Bovine TB; of its existence in many wild mammals, but especially in badgers: and of the terrible blight which exists in the dairy farms of England. I also write of the troublesome fact that we are an urbanised society, where the people overwhelmingly live in the towns and cities, and less than 9 per cent live in villages and rural hamlets. From the people come the votes, and voting power; so the farmers get little or no ‘say’ in how they live and are governed, and even less when it comes to decisions which so massively effect their very way of life.

The 300,000? That is the number of cattle slaughtered from British dairy farms since 2005. All were perfectly healthy animals, in every way except one. They all reacted, in a specific manner and to certain specified measurements, to a TB test injection, which states that the animal harbours, in various areas, Bovine Tuberculosis. The disease is spread, primarily, by contact with TB-carrying mammals, and the greatest danger comes from badgers, which normally carry the virus, but do not suffer from the disease themselves.

Before the do-gooders, alongside the ‘cuddle-a-furry-animal-brigade’ got into the act, farmers and badgers lived harmoniously. When badgers grew to be a problem, the farmers got their rifles and shotguns out, and brought the population back to reasonable limits, and there was an understanding in the countryside that this way worked: badgers were a pest, but as long as they were controlled, the nuisance and the dangers were very, very low.

But then the Animal rights crowd put up a fuss, cries erupted of ‘You cannot kill Brock, our children love these large wild animals’ along with all the other ‘animal rights claptrap’: and before you knew it, badgers were protected under the Law. So the bloody badger population exploded, Bovine TB incidents and checks rocketed, and then you must begin to understand what has happened. The average compensation paid to a dairy farmer for a cow destroyed because of bTB averages at £1000.00. But when you also consider that most dairy farmers know every cow by name, they know and treat them as larger but quieter members of their family; and when that truck drives away to the slaughterhouse with ‘reactor cows’ on board, many feel as though they are condemning family members to death!  If a dairy farmer’s herd is declared ‘infected’, no milk from the herd can be sent or sold, it is poured down the drain. No animal can be sold or moved until two test-free inspections sixty days apart have been declared. No income, apart from the measly compensation, come into the farms accounts. No wonder the suicide rate for farmers is ten times that of any other comparable work!

The cull is working, but the timid and cautious way it is done is ludicrous, hampered as it is by the saboteurs and the ‘rights-brigade’. The cull is laden down with rules laid down by people who have never seen a wild animal, and have never seen the devastation wreaked upon a farmer when he is given the notice of infection.

So I say let the rifles and the shotguns speak out once more, and get these disease-ridden vermin away from our dairy herds, and if the ‘do-gooders’ speak out, let them come up against a farmer and his friends who wish to protect their way of life in the manner they wish to!

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