March 8 2009 ~ Bovine TB "the government simply can't ignore this issue"
The Observer today, reporting on the cost and the ever increasing numbers of cattle slaughtered as a result of the bTB policy, quotes Peter Kendall;"This disease is spiralling out of control. At a time when the country needs a robust farming sector, providing high-quality food and rural job security, the government simply can't ignore this issue. The misery and stress levels affecting cattle farmers is immeasurable and it is absurd that the slaughter of 40,000 otherwise healthy cattle is seen as acceptable."
Alan Beat's comment:
"it is absurd that the slaughter of 40,000 otherwise healthy cattle is seen as acceptable."
We can only agree - but remind Peter Kendall that in 2001, on the insistence of the NFU the following numbers of cattle were slaughtered, often under conditions of considerable cruelty:
590,000 recorded as culled by DEFRA
169,000 culled under the "welfare" scheme
100,000 calves at foot (estimated, not officially counted)
Total = 859,000
The vast majority of these cattle were not diseased, nor even tested to see if they might be infected. Does he now agree with those of us who argued at the time that such slaughter was "absurd" when effective vaccines were available?