I found the article from Chris Rundle, (WMN April 2) to be the best I have yet seen on
the subject of badgers, and other animals and tuberculosis.
The problem that the UK has is we now have the third or even fourth generation that have no idea of where the food that they eat comes from. They are given to believe that the supermarkets conjure it up and place it on the shelves for them. How wrong can a human being be?
All food comes from out of the ground in one way or an other. Now that would be a horrible shock for the youth of today.
Tuberculosis bacillus is a very dangerous organism. Before 1950 many millions died from it every year across the globe.
When antibiotics were first introduced the bacillus was easily killed off. As a result all the isolation hospitals were closed down and the public forgot how dangerous it is.
Today because antibiotics have and are being overused by the medical profession, the TB bacillus will have become immune to all but the very strongest antibiotics.
Badgers with TB have always been around. If I remember rightly going back to the 1950s, when a farmer found a sett affected by the disease the sett and all the badgers in it were completely destroyed and the problem was solved at once.
The bacillus will be in the actual setts, so whatever animal goes into the sett will contract the disease. It is these setts that have to be destroyed completely.
This will not penetrate the mindset of people who live and work in urban areas, until their animals and even their children go down with the TB and their lives are turned upside down by this vile disease.
What these people see as wonderful creatures are prolific in all areas, urban as well as rural. They carry the disease wherever they go.
The big problem now is, and will get worse is that they have passed it to foxes, deer, and other wild and domestic animals.
It is not possible to vaccinate all the wild animals in the UK, and all the domestic pets, and all the farm animals – yet that is what will have to happen if this disease is not stopped at once.
Unless this government gets a grip this disease will cripple our food industry, as it has already started to do.
Is this country ready for a huge epidemic of TB? Just because some very vocal people see animals as things to cuddle, instead as what they are – dangerous wild animals which have to be kept under control. I do not understand why the medical profession is not shouting about this expected epidemic.