21 November 2000
Would public support badger cull?
By FWi staff
EVEN if a link can be proved between badgers and TB in cattle, it is uncertain that a widespread cull would be supported, claims The Times.
Simon Barnes believes it is unlikely that the public or wildlife organisations would support the nationwide eradication of the badger.
He says at the heart of the debate over badgers are “raw and primitive emotions”, not scientific reason.
“The badger cull is an atavistic response that goes very deep in all those who seek to control the land and livestock and nature,” Mr Barnes argues.
“When in doubt, kill the biggest predator.”
- Badger culling an acceptable move, FWi, 18 August, 2000
- Cull is PR disaster, admit scientists, FWi, 08 February, 2000
- The Times, Times 2 page 5