No culling?

As you may be aware, the government has finally made a decision with regard to the culling of badgers to prevent the spread of TB in cattle.  As far as I am concerned this is a good move mainly as there seems to be no scientific evidence to back up the belief that culling badgers will reduce the spread of TB in cattle.  Although it must be difficult for farmers faced with a heard infected with TB the numbers destroyed each year at about 12000 are tiny in comparison with the number of cows in the country which stands at several million.  However, the government should compensate farmers to a fair level and, just as importantly, in a timely manner.

What is more worrying is that some farmers are threatening to ignore this and start killing badgers on their land.  What would happen if we all found a law or ruling that we don’t like and decided to ignore it?  There have been a lot of reports in the media recently about poor payment to farmers from the major supermarkets which has helped to raise sympathy for farmers, but I am sure that the culling of badgers by farmers in spite of this ruling will negate all the recent improvements in the public image of our farmers.