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Shooting Times 17.5.03 Badger Protection (added 8.4.05)


The Editor
Shooting Times
Room 2025 - IPC Media
King's Reach Tower
Stamford Hill
London SE1 9LS

17th May 2003.

Dear Sir

Badger Protection.

The inaccurate statements made by Elaine King in her letter (15th May) ignore the real suffering, ecological damage and cost of badger protection, particularly the impact on the badgers prey species, which include ground nesting birds, and the winter food supplies of some of the 28 species of bumble bee.

The years of first hand experience and common sense amongst our wildlife management professionals and the veterinary profession in rural areas, continues to be ignored by those who fail to recognise yet more wildlife and farming catastrophes, brought about by ignorance and intolerance.

We know that more than 100,000 TB infected badgers suffer unnecessarily each year, taking up to three years to die from a very serious infectious disease. Regardless of where the disease comes from, there is a duty and obligation to do everything possible to reduce the number of potential sources of infection and reduce suffering by culling unhealthy animals. This is a major, out of control, animal welfare suffering issue.

For Elaine King to blame farmers and call for higher standards of stock management, while promoting protection, and in consequence the neglect of the badger species, she demonstrates the worst kind of hypocrisy. Badgers and the linked TB issues cost more than £128 million last year. It is more difficult to put a price on the devastating impact of excessive numbers of badgers on wildlife.

With the risk of further extinctions of a range of important species, including the grey partridge, the time has come to end failed protection policies, and implement high standards of wildlife management, to create a rich biologically diverse countryside with healthy species, which we can all be proud of.

Yours sincerely,

Edmund Marriage - British Wildlife Management.

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