The badger is a protected species in the UK and Europe, but a new law recently proposed in England may allow farmers to shoot badgers wherever they feel their cattle are threatened by badger-carried tuberculosis. Despite no scientific evidence that indiscriminate badger killing is the best way to combat bovine TB, Parliament seems intent on legalizing the slaughter.
Killing a natural species in the name of agricultural profit is bad enough, but even science is on the badgers' side. A recent study shows that randomized badger culling does not decrease the frequency of bovine tuberculosis; in fact, in some cases, slaughtering badgers actually increased cattle TB infections by 20%.
Leaders of the United Kingdom must not put greed and shoddy science over the well-being of a protected species. Save badgers from this inhumane practice today!
I am writing to oppose the proposed plan to kill badgers in the UK in the name of bovine TB prevention. Over two-thirds of Britons currently disapprove of the plan, which is both potentially inhumane and scientifically unsound.
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A recent study shows that randomized badger culling does not decrease the frequency of bovine tuberculosis; in fact, in some cases, slaughtering badgers actually increased cattle TB infections by 20%. Allowing farmers to indiscriminately shoot badgers is a shoddy solution with questionable long-term effects.
I urge you to avoid prioritizing short-term, reactionary measures over the well-being of one of the UK's protected species. Please stop the badger culling plan.
The UK will not proceed with the planned badger cull in 2012 and the Houses of Parliament have called on the government to implement more sustainable and humane solutions. Although this vote may not stop the planned cull in 2013, it will make it a lot harder for the government to justify.
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