Friday, July 04, 2008

Do Badgers Vote In Elections?

When has this government ever listened to 'public opinion'? It's a tough one that but when it comes to a planned cull of badgers in England, the government is more than wiling to lend an ear.

According to the top story from BBC On-Line 'News' this morning, the government has decided against a cull of badgers in England to control TB in cattle. Hold the front page! That picture of a badger (above) is really cute.

The BBC report goes on: "And the Environment Secretary Hilary Benn has in the past also said that public acceptance would be a factor in determining the government's policy."

Maybe Benn the Younger has been taking lessons from dad Tony on democracy and civil liberties. After all, Benn the Senior recently came out in support of David Davis by-election stand.  

The government former chief scientific adviser had told ministers previously that culling badgers could be effective in controlling the spread of the disease.

Good news for badgers and democracy - but bad news for farmers.

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