Country folk look after the countryside...townies like to tell them how they think it should be done.
Only lived in a town for the first 5 years of my life and in the country for the other 40. Worked and lived on more farms than you've had hot dinners. 'the farmers protect the countryside' what a load of crap, farmers and especially the large farming agencies will squeeze every last bit out of the land, remember the hedgerows that were grubbed up in the 50's and 60's which led to static population problems because the smaller mammals couldn't use them to move between habitats ? the indiscriminate use of pesticides that led to the near extinction of many birds of prey ? How about now where blowing the shit out of pheasants is the new golf, ever seen a pheasant pen ?
As for the TB thing you want another statistic ? in the 2008 trial cull around 4% of badger were found to have TB lesions, cattle are reservoir of the disease not badgers yet DEFRA continues to advocate culling as the best way of control instead of vacciine research and and tighter cattle management, but then the farmers would have less compensation to boost their income with when they claim for loss of cattle .
The fact remains France has far less problem with disease transmission because land is far less intensively worked than in the UK.
Anyway back on topic I suppose, for those who are saying killing for reasons of population control are just and right, start by shooting 2 out of three of your neighbours because sadly the UK is bursting at the seams.....
Far too early in the morning rant over