His B-day badgers, environment secretary Caroline Spelman submit plans to sacrifice to the cabinet. However, it was determined that the fatal flaws of the policy?
Today, if you wish, is B-day badgers. The environment secretary Caroline Spelman will present its long-awaited decision on whether and how to slaughter badgers in England in the cabinet. The purpose of measures to reduce bovine tuberculosis ravaged cattle herds in England for many years. She looks set to support a sacrifice, it will be very controversial.
Spelman is unenviable. She faced the guns of the farmers on the one hand and the wrath of animal rights, on the other. But it is their own decision. Acceptance of the largest budget cuts in Whitehall has left no money to pay for a sensible solution
Instead, the proposals consulted by the government, amount to sacrificing yourself for landowners: that self-organize into groups and get away without running badgers. At that time, proposals have been described as "scientifically one of the worst choice they could have chosen" by the main direction of the UK badger ecologist, who worked on the largest study ever conducted.
The first defect is large: it is unclear whether the proposal will actually work. This is because the badgers free throws has not been tested in court 10 years. Instead, the animals were trapped first shot and then a more expensive method. Another disadvantage is that there was no proposed mechanism for ensuring that murder is coordinated and managed in large areas for at least four years. If this does not happen, then "peturbation" - killing badgers fleeing sporadic - TB spreads further, worsening the problem.
The final decision I will mention is that if the sacrifice is no cost to the government, which is costly for farmers. So expensive, in fact, shows the query itself, beyond the TB epidemics of costs incurred in farms. This gives an incentive to leave half of sacrifice if money is short.
me be clear on this point: Tuberculosis in cattle has a huge emotional and economic burden for farmers. It's getting worse and has cost taxpayers about 500 million pounds in compensation for the last decade. We must do something.
The coalition agreement commits to a "science policy of badger control in areas with high levels of bovine TB." Then look at the conclusions in the sacrifice of one of the panels leading scientists to see who can get published this week by DEFRA.
On the question of the selection method, the group led by Defra chief scientist Bob Watson and the Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens, said:Expert opinion suggests that the Aa If the sacrifice is not performed in a deal coordinated, sustained and simultaneous with the minimum criteria, then it could mean a small profit or even a detrimental effect on the incidence of bovine tuberculosis confirmed livestock. [Note: the minimum criteria are defined as follows: cover at least 70% of the land in the area rejected, a minimum area of ??150km2, supported by a minimum of four years, and led in all defined as a period of six weeks each year.]
Therefore, if the slaughter program was successful in one area, what is the advantage? Somewhere between 8% and 24% reduction of tuberculosis in cattle, after nine years, experts say.
and sacrifice could solve the national problem?
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