As bad as the Somerset cull has been going, it seems Gloucestershire has gone even worse. Even allowing for DEFRAs dodgy re-jigged figures, the shooters have still managed just 30% of their minimum target.
This should, in any sane analysis, lead to an immediate halt. Certainly not an extension that will not get them to their target and instead risks seriously exacerbating the bTB problem. However, DEFRA and the Government aren’t working to a sane analysis, not any more. So they will allow shooting to carry on for a few weeks more in both cull zones.
The financial argument, that this is cheaper, has gone too now. The extension added to the policing now means this costs £2,200 per animal, compared to the £662 per animal the Welsh Government vaccination plan has spent in their far more sensible programme.
Bloody-mindedness now rules.
Well, my False Widow story has now racked up over 2,500 views, more than ten times that of my next most popular post. It’s great to see so many people getting the facts straight, but I do wish people would then stay and read the happier posts on Britain’s wildlife. Still, I’m glad to do my bit. I’m delighted to see most papers covering this sensibly, and the Star’s attempts to scaremonger don’t seem to be gaining any traction.