Letter from the Secretary, Craven Badger
Following an article in the Express in
December last year on infected meat entering the food chain, our
Chairman wrote to Rt Hon Tony Blair, MP regarding the problem
of TB in cattle. This letter was responded to by Anthony Wright
of MAFF setting out the answers to some of the questions and points
that were raised, although not everything was addressed (copies
It seems that with another 12 months further
on, the situation is no nearer to being resolved and the NFBG
has evidence that badgers are now being killed in the most appalling
conditions, causing great suffering to young cubs in particular.
Is this what the Government wants to happen? A solution to the
problem of TB in cattle and badgers would appear to be no nearer
being found. We understand a cattle vaccine against TB has been
developed in New Zealand, will this be trialled in the UK? The
culling trials do not seem to have been carried out in a very
scientific way, how can it be estimated how many badgers are in
any one area when a preliminary count was not undertaken? Other
species carry TB, why is it that this has not been addressed?
There are too many questions unanswered.
We hope that the next session of the Committee
in November will agree that the culling trials are a waste of
taxpayers' money, not to mention the decimation of the badger
population in certain areas of the country. We await the outcome.
20 October 2000