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Email received January 28 2010 "I write with regard to your article about Hilary Benn's justification for not culling Badgers":

January 28 2010 ~ Is Hilary Benn's justification out of date?


I write with regard to your article about Hilary Benn's justification for not culling Badgers

Hilary Benn lists those as finding a cull unacceptable as the "General Public".

I find Hilary Benn's attitude to farming unacceptable. Do not farmers have feelings that need to be considered as well as the General Public - who do not have to deal with the every day horror of TB whether it be in badgers or cattle?

He dismisses how farmers feel and puts the general public first who are totally divorced from the horror.

My farm seems to be under attack from everything that has absolutely nothing to do with agriculture. TB hangs over us like the sword of Damocles.

The Green Belt is to be built upon with thousands of houses swamping our farm.

Our first 4 cows of this spring's 45 suffered abortion. Imagine how we felt having had to buy a new bull and left wondering what was going on with the cows. (Our beautiful Hereford Bull was riddled with TB despite having had FIVE clear tests previously so was slaughtered- leaving us having to buy a new bull.) Blood tests from these four cows revealed NEOSPORA. A parasite found in dog excrement from people who wander around and refuse to stay on footpaths. They of course have been banned from taking dogs into parks and playgrounds etc but it is OK to wander on to anyone's farm where food is being produced.

I do honestly wonder why we bother. As my husband feels - let the ...........s starve!!! Sorry about that last bit but at the end of my tether.

JB (name and address supplied)