Badgers 'killed' over TB threat
23 October 2007 - BBC News
Some farmers in Shropshire are killing badgers in a bid to prevent their
animals becoming infected with TB, it is alleged. The claims follow calls from
the UK's chief scientist for a badger cull in parts of England to stop the
spread of the disease amongst cattle. One farm worker, from Oswestry, said he
knew cattle farmers that had killed the protected species on purpose.
The RSPCA has condemned the alleged actions and said it was not the answer.
Roger, who did not want to reveal his full name, told BBC Radio Shropshire
that the disease causes farmers a lot of problems. "They are doing it to protect
their animals. They have got to protect their animals," he said. "Nobody
realises the hassle they have had with TB."
One woman, who wished to remain anonymous, said she was aware of people
getting paid to throw carcasses onto roads. "A lot of badgers on the road are
not killed by vehicles they are thrown on to the roads. We know that for a
fact," she said. "Of course this goes on. There are people who do this for a
living and get money for it."
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