Badger (oil in board)
Badgers are lovable, unique and harmless animals who, although secretive, can be found in the British countryside. However, British farmers believe badgers are the main cause of bovine TB. As a result, government endorsed schemes ensure that badgers are trapped and shot or baited with dogs every year to keep their numbers down. In 2019, Defra has announced that over 60,000 badgers will be culled, despite figures which reveal that tuberculosis in cattle has actually risen in the areas of the country (Gloucestershire and Somerset) where the badger cull was piloted over 5 years ago, according to The Guardian.
This raises serious doubts about the merits of expanding the scheme, as analysis by a vet and former government scientist has revealed that the proportion of herds with bovine TB in the Gloucester pilot zone has increased from 6.9% at the start of the cull to 9% over the 5 year period.
According to Viva! the animal charity, the real reason for bovine TB is the stressful lives dairy cows lead. A dairy cow's babies are taken away from her so that humans can consume her milk. Made pregnant again soon after giving birth, a dairy cow has to feed herself, her foetus, and produce up to 120 pints of milk in a day. Is it any wonder her immune system is compromised? A cow's natural lifespan is approximately 20 years. In the dairy industry, a mother is "spent" in 5 years.
The surest way to save badgers now and in the future is to stop buying meat and dairy. The bonus is that dairy cows will no longer live in pain, you're likely to improve your health, and you will be doing the single most important thing to protect the environment.
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