It is a sad day. A day full of sunshine, fresh green grass, birds singing, and young wildlife everywhere - fledging and leaving the safety of their homes for possibly the first time this late spring. Yet today is a sad day to be both wild and alive. It should be a happy start to the summer and yet as I write this, people are gathering together in London in their hundreds to march alongside Dr Brian May in one of many protests against the culling of our black and white elusive neighbour – the badger.
I do not pretend to have any extra knowledge on this subject other than the basic facts of when and where. The ‘why’ is – as is the case to many – still not enough for me. What I do know is what I was born with and what I learnt as a human being growing up - I know what I perceive to be right and wrong - I know that killing a living animal is just as ethically absurd as killing a human being. Flesh, blood and bones, a will to live and a protection for our families - we share the same fundamentals of life and yet we somehow choose to wipe out such a large proportion of a species in yet another political spectacle of misjudgement.
I am not a vegetarian – in fact my favourite meal is roast beef – however, I can’t believe our last resort to protect our cattle is to kill badgers. And why else would we choose to kill if not as our very last resort?
If vaccinations can be ready in 10 years then let’s focus our money and time on that. Because that is going to be a long term deterrent to this horrible disease. Culling is a short term solution that may or may not resolve our farming community's very real problem with Bovine TB.
Again, I am just a wildlife enthusiast with no political agenda. I am simply a bystander watching in horror as one of my favourite mammals is taken back to the brink of survival. I have added my name to many petitions against this cull and I wish I could be marching in London today. However, I only have 20 years life experience and I have already lost all hope in the leaders of this country listening to what is morally right and I have no choice but to watch on and hope that my own, local black and white neighbour and his small family that he will be raising now… is not about to be counted as one of the hundreds dead.
Tommy Campbell – 1st June 2013