Tuesday, 9 July 2013

RHS Flower Show

BBC News has published a slide show of photos taken at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2013, which opened to the public today and runs until 14 July (CLICK). I noticed these Wicker Badger Sculptures, which I believe are by Woody Fox. How ironic that these much loved native animals are being culled by our ignorant government in vain hope of curbing bovine TB! (CLICK for RHS.)


At 9/7/13, Blogger A. Sim said...

I don't know if this helps but if any politicians are listening leave the badgers alone.

At 10/7/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

It won't help. David Cameron is the fathead who made a pre-election pledge to the farm workers union to cull badgers, and he wants to keep his word no matter how stupid and unpopular it is.

At 11/7/13, Anonymous Rob E said...

it's only unpopular and appears stupid to people who are uneducated in the matter, ie, those towny sorts who read and comment on blogs about London Art News. Look at the poor fluffy cute little badger! Look how he has no natural predators any more! Look how he is multiplying and multiplying and becoming a massive pest! Look how he may (or may not, granted) be responsible for farmers and their immediate neighbouring farms having to completely cull their livestock without exception (in the case of bovine TB).

The majority of people live in towns and cities. Unfortunately, this means that the majority of people have an opinion based upon that of living in an urban environment. There are people who live closer to the land & who have a far deeper understanding of how best to operate. Perhaps those people alone should be allowed to choose how to protect their livelihood without the intervention from well meaning but ultimately clueless urbanites.

For the record, I am an urbanite.

At 11/7/13, Blogger Ian Cox said...

Hi, Rob

You raise a valid point, as in the ban on fox hunting, where townies overrode the "country" view. However, I would argue that traditionally it isn't country people who decide such issues; it's the land owners.

The badger cull goes against scientific advice, which actually warns that it might increase the incidence of bovine TB as infected badgers are forced into new areas to escape the cull.

Badgers are normally sedentary. Some live badger sets date back to the middle ages. It's the farmers unwittingly moving infected cattle up and down the country who infect badgers. The badger is their scapegoat. The short term answer is more frequent testing of cattle for bovine TB. This has proved its worth in lowering infection rates.

If a farm is infected and its cattle to be killed, I agree that badgers on that farm should also be culled, so they can't reinfect a new herd. But culling where there is no infection on a farm is pointless, stupid, unscientific and expensive.


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