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Badger culling

I'm glad to see that the government has apparently decided not to go ahead with killing badgers, even if this is partly because there will be an election within two years and public opinion is hostile to the idea.

Last time this came up I suggested that perhaps we should be culling cattle to prevent the transmission of tuberculosis to badgers. This was partly tongue-in-cheek, of course, but there is a serious point. At a time of global food shortage it makes no sense to reserve large areas of agricultural land for the wasteful production of beef. It is far more cost-effective to produce grain for human consumption, and grain doesn't get tuberculosis.

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