Farmers and Badgers. A law unto themselves?

Are famers a law unto themselves?

At election time we are familiar with the countryside being littered by large posters favouring the Conservative Party. But do they really have any regard for parliament? Only when it suits them it seems. In 2004, a Birmingham JP threatened to quit his post 1) if the hunting ban became law. When the hunting ban was passed in parliament, many carried on with hunting with disregard for the law.

There was considerable opposition to the recent badger cull, and the government announced a delay.2)

Nevertheless it seems that some have started a badger cull anyway. It seems the arrogant farmers consider themselves above the law.

1. A Shropshire wildlife group says it has evidence badgers have been illegally shot and then dumped on the roadside to make it look like they were roadkill 3)

X-rays of the badgers showed fragments of cartridges in the animals’ bodies

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2. There are reports of badgers being deliberately drowned in slurry, as police investigate cruelty. This is Gloucestershire 4)

“Some have even pumped slurry into setts effectively drowning the badgers in excrement. It is the most cruel and sick activity.

“There have been some people inciting this sort of behaviour online, suggesting ways in which to kill them and we are monitoring them.”

3. The Countryside Alliance in Cornwall is putting forward its candidate for the new PCC elections, but in its literature it mentions fly tipping, trespass, and agricultural theft, yet there is no mention of wildlife crime.

But why is wildlife crime not mentioned? This issue is of great importance to many rural people, and while they do not suffer financially, it can destroy the quality of rural life. People also feel insecure if wildlife crime, often at night, and by men with guns, is happening around them. Crimes that immediately come to mind are badger baiting and the illegal poisoning of birds of prey by shoot servants. And whatever the world of shooting says in public, poisoning is very easy to hide, and very difficult to successfully prosecute, and the crime is still widespread.

(This is Cornwall) 5.

Clearly, for some the only laws which count

are the ones they buy into.

1. BBC IcBirmingham JP “will quit” if Hunting banned badgers ‘dumped on roads’ http://www.bbc.co.uk

2. BBC: Badger Cull.: Government to delay until next year

3. Badger shot and left in road, BBC, Shropshire

4. Badgers drowned in slurry, This is Gloucestersire

Badgers drowned in slurry, This is Somerset

5. Wildlife Crime ignored by new police boss, Cornwall

6. Tory Delusions and Badgers, Think Left

2 thoughts on “Farmers and Badgers. A law unto themselves?

  1. Very interesting and somewhat alarming blog.
    Rural people often have a different perspective of life to towns people, so I don’t profess to know better, as to what is right or wrong in relationship to badgers.My personal feelings, are that i am not comfortable about anyone killing wildlife, nor am i comfortable with people breaking laws designed to protect peoples feelings.
    The Tories have advocated the use of reasonable force upon intruders upon your property.
    Its not difficult to see the Tory/UKIP
    political and cultural ideology in any of the measures, hurriedly introduced in the past 30 months.
    I have to share air with sanctimonious, righteous, indignant bigots every day.
    I have paid the price many times, for standing up to bullies.
    Whilst the Bullies have the political stage, all we can do, is mark our opponents and attempt to thwart their evil, selfish, goals.
    Playing fair on badgers, unemployment, immigration, the made up deficit, the NHS, the EU, law and order, banking corruption, tax avoidance and the cherry on the cake, “alleged” institutionalized child abuse and subsequent cover Ups, goes far beyond party politics.
    If David Cameron, Ed Milliband or uncle Fester sorts this country out, i do care but someone needs to.
    I don’t care what colour rosette they wear, so long as they do the right thing.
    So far, its not looking like Dave, Nick or Ed is it?

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    • I think you can safely rule out Dave, Nick and Gideon … The jury is not yet in for the Eds, but at worst, they won’t be as toxic as this crew… they are not the same as T. Blair!

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