The good thing about this strange statement from the NFU is that they are wanting more vaccination of badgers.
One of the strange things is that they seem to think that it is the job of wildlife charities to provide it rather than their own industry or government. This represents, it appears, quite a lurch in policy from the NFU in terms of the package of measures that they support, but no change in the fact that they seem to think that the world has to pay for everything.
Also, the NFU still has a bizarre take on the science of tb control, ‘By culling infected wildlife, Australia and New Zealand have slashed TB rates by far more than the supposed 16% decline predicted by the Krebs trial in the 1990s.’. Better to use an anecdote from the other side of the world, where the species involved are very different, than the results of a massive research study carried out on your own farms, it seems.
But breathtakingly there are, the President of the NFU is reported as claiming, ten times as many ground-nesting birds in the cull area in Gloucestershire. Ten times as many? That takes some doing! The next time I drive over to Cheltenham racecourse I guess I’ll spot the badger cull areas by the cloud of birds in the sky above it.