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Reader letter: Badger farce is costing Government and farmers millions

I have lived with badgers all my life and, until they were made an endangered species, we had no trouble.

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Reader's letter: Badger farce is costing Government and farmers millions

We had one sett on our farm and, for reasons unknown to me, the numbers remained constant until the badger was made an endangered species and we ended up with four setts on our farm.

 

They were then seen in the fields, even during the day, in search of food.

 

We then started having dairy cows reacting to the bovine TB (bTB) test and over 10 years had to cull 388 animals.


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What we did not realise was that the badgers were carrying bTB and dying of the disease themselves.

 

We now have no badgers on our land and I can only assume they have all died of bTB.

 

Unlike the cows which reacted to the test and were culled humanely, the badger was left to die a prolonged and painful death out in the open. When a badger is ill the other badgers throw them out of the sett.

 

Making the badger an endangered species did it no favours and has cost the Government and farmers millions.

 

Eric Howells, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

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