The Badger Cull and Democracy

“The culling of badgers is absolutely obscene”
TV wildlife presenter and Viva! patron Wendy Turner-Webster

“Just for the sake of making more money out of what some of us eat (not me) … these people wanted to exterminate a whole population of innocent wild animals who have as much right to live in this land as we humans do.”
Brian May

If you read no further please at least take the actions included on the following websites to stop the cull

http://www.shootinginthedark.org/

Here you can take action by signing a form letter to Owen Paterson Secretary of State for Defra, for more affect you may personalise and edit. Please be polite, although I can well understand the urge to tell him what you think in no uncertain terms, aggressive and abuseive comments are rarely read let alone considered.

http://www.teambadger.org.uk/

Here there is a petition to sign

More actions at the end of this entry

On Thursday October 25th 2012 the government were defected by a majority vote of 119 to ban the badger cull:

MPs voted the following motion

“That this House notes the e-petition on the planned badger cull, which has gathered more than 150,000 signatures; and calls on the Government to stop the cull and implement the more sustainable and humane solution of both a vaccination programme for badgers and cattle, along with improved testing and biosecurity.”

That’s right an overwhelming vote of 147 votes to 28, against the cull.

View the debate and read a transcript: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/backbench-business-committee/news/debate-on-badger-cull/ :

Very disturbing the MP who advocated the eradication of badgers.

However it was just wonderful that the vote was so huge from all parties in favour of banning this cruel cull, a vile abuse of another species.

However in defiance of the will of the majority at the end of the debate DEFRA minister David Heath reiterated the government’s stance and confirmed that it intends for the culls to proceed in summer 2013.

Shadow environment secretary Mary Creagh tries to ask minister David Heath if “ministers will respect the democratic will of this parliament?” He is not obliged to answer.

The speaker, John Bercow, tells MPs that the vote by MPs to abandon the badger cull is not binding on the government. Only legislation is binding he says.

Extract from Guardian commentary
MPs inflict badger cull defeat on government – as it happened:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/oct/25/badgers-wildlife

Surely if the government was defeated and by a huge majority the cull should be stopped. Isn’t that what democracy is about. What is the point of a debate if the government than goes on to ignore the results?

If the government go ahead with the cull this summer in total disregard for the democratic process it will be a sad day not only for the unfortunate badgers but for democracy. It is a tragedy when power supersedes the will of the people and the tiny minority do whatsoever they please, when might triumphs over right.

Isaac Bashevis Singer once wrote:

As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right.”
Extract from Enemies, a Love Story

Unless we take action the government will do as it pleases, at least the small minority of the government whom it appears have all the power and override not only the will of the people but the will of parliament, ignoring even their own back benchers. One has to ask what is the point of parliament if the tiny minority do as they please regardless of such an overwhelming majority. I admit to not understanding the intricacies of our political system but common sense tells us that if the government are defeated in a debate upon a matter which the majority of citizens support it is not democratic to than ignore that outcome.

Badger culling is an ethical Issue

The German philosopher Schopenhauer once wrote

The assumption that animals are without rights and the illusion that our treatment of them has no moral significance is a positively outrageous example of Western crudity and barbarity. Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.”

Regardless of the science the mass killing of our wildlife is an ethical issue.

At the end of the day the whole system of live stock farming needs to be eradicated. Sadly in these days of rampant greed and exploitation of both human and non humans little is ever said about the basic ethics of an issue such as this. We have to ask ourselves do we have the right to systematically slaughter another species simply because they are considered an hindrance. Is it right that we massacre mercilessly a whole society of sentient creatures in order to exploit other self aware animals namely cattle for our own needs or rather our greed. Need does not enter the equation for the reality of the matter is we exploit cattle and other animals for a food we do not need and is not natural and which results in the deaths of other human beings as land is given over to grow feed for farm animals rather than directly feed humans.

Even if your view of animal rights is not as “radical” as mine and I doubt that all 160,000 people who signed the petition are vegetarian or vegan we all know that this cull is an atrocity against another species and must be stopped. The vast majority of British people value our wildlife and consider the culling of badgers as a disgusting form of barbarism.

Ghandi once said:
“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.”

“I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.”

Mohandas Gandhi is revered  world wide for his advocacy of nonviolence and justice. Gandhi’s philosophy and compassion extended to all people and actively included animals.

What does this say about the morality of our nation or rather the morality of our government as the majority of the people of this nation is clear on this issue and want the cull banned.

We have to keep up the pressure we have only a short time to stop this atrocity.

We must not become complacent, we must continue the campaign to get this stopped.

HSI/UK and their partners in Team Badger, will be working hard during that time to ensure that the planned culls are abandoned once and for all. Keep an eye on developments

http://www.hsi.org/world/united_kingdom/news/news/2012/10/cull_vote_102912.html?utm_source=em_newsuk103112&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=badgers12

More information and actions to take

Brian May video

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/video/2013/feb/27/badger-culls-tragedy-brian-may-video

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/earthnews/9634158/Owen-Paterson-walks-out-of-badger-cull-debate-muttering-I-cant-stand-any-more-of-this.html

http://www.league.org.uk/content/643/Badger-Cull

“…the fate of badgers and foxes are intertwined. The perpetrators of fox and badger persecution are the same and their modus operandi clear. The motivation is the same too, straight forward pleasure from cruelly taking life.”

Read More:

http://www.league.org.uk/blogpost/777/Badgers-and-foxes—their-destinies-intertwined

Lord Krebs, who is one of the government’s most respected scientific advisers, said that the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), which is administering the scheme, has no way of knowing how many badgers there are in the area, so will not know when they’ve killed 70% of the badgers in the area.

“I would go down the vaccination and biosecurity route rather than this crazy scheme that may deliver very small advantage, may deliver none. And it’s very hard to see how Defra are going to collect the crucial data to assess whether it’s worth going ahead with free shooting at all,”

Read more

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-19623931

In the above article David Heath Defra Minister says:

“Our priority has always been to ensure that any culling of badgers is carried out in a safe, humane and effective way”

I would like to ask Mr Health what is humane about death? Every creature has a right to his or her life. What right have the government or anyone else to deny these animals their right to live? Certainly no ethical right that’s for sure, but the government are not really concerned with the ethics of this or any other matter are they.

Why not write to David Heath and state your objections to the cull.

Minister of State for Agriculture and Food

Westminster

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 6245

Fax: 020 7219 5939

david.heath.mp@parliament.uk

Constituency

17 Bath Street, Frome, BA11 1DN

Tel: 01373 473618

Fax: 01373 455152

davidheath@davidheath.co.uk

As one commentator said in the above Guardian Article:

No need to eat cows. No need to eat dairy products. No need to slaughter badgers.”

Yes it is as simple as that

Introductory Quotations from

Celebrity quotes

http://www.viva.org.uk/campaigns/badgers/celeb-quotes.php

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4 thoughts on “The Badger Cull and Democracy

  1. Great blog, makes a difference from all the self obsessed, profit driven stuff people put out on the web.

    A cull aimed at the politicians and bankers would surely serve us better than wasting people’s taxes on hiring trigger happy idiots to shot these beautiful defenceless lifeforms.

    We are the pests, we live on their land, on their planet.
    We don’t belong here, we don’t deserve this planet.

    One intelligent being, cannot own another. – corrosiveabuser

    • Thanks for your comment. I wholeheartedly agree we are the real pests, the parasites who do not belong here. It seems there are few if any creatures who man does not exploit or abuse. You are right we cannot own another living being, animals are here for their own purposes and not for the use of man or to be massacred when it serve our purposes. Nice to know that there are others out there who understand this.

      Also agree about the politicians and bankers who have done so much damage to people’s lives, particularly in recent years.

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