Badgered to Death: The People and Politics of the Badger Cull: Introduction by Chris Packham (Paperback)
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Badgered to Death: The People and Politics of the Badger Cull: Introduction by Chris Packham (Paperback)

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A vital read for anyone who cares about the future of British wildlife. With a foreword by the BBC TV presenter Chris Packham.

'A thriller, whodunnit and impassioned polemic.' - PATRICK BARKHAM, THE GUARDIAN

Dominic Dyer explores the science and electioneering behind Britain's most controversial wildlife policy: the badger cull.

He exposes the catastrophic handling of bovine TB by the British government, the political manoeuvring that engineered the badger cull in 2010, and the ongoing close relationship in perpetuating the cull between the National Farmers Union and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

He shines an unflattering spotlight on Cabinet ministers, the veterinary profession, environmental NGOs and the BBC.

Publisher: Canbury Press
ISBN: 9780993040757
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 170 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm


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'A thriller, whodunnit and impassioned polemic, this is the inside story of the badger cull. A vital must-read for anyone concerned about the badger's enduring place in the British countryside.'

- PATRICK BARKHAM, THE GUARDIAN


'Badgered to Death is a real page turner... the book contains illuminating chapters on the BBC's pro-badger cull bias, illegal badger persecution by some farmers and the compromised, incoherent support for the cull by the British Veterinary Association, driven he claims, by the British Cattle Veterinary Association. As Dyer points out, the BVA's support for the cull gives the policy critical credibility. It appears that dogma and livestock vets' prioritisation of farmers' interests trump any commitment to animal welfare and science.

Dyer also describes how economic pressures on the dairy industry mean that dairy farmers, especially smaller ones, are being forced into practices which increase the spread of bTB such as moving and selling cows. At the same time, the industry's prioritisation of exports is also driving intensification and blocking moves to develop a bTB cattle vaccine. As a result, Dyer explains, the industry is caught in a vicious circle which is facilitating the badger cull while exacerbating the real drivers of TB.'

- DR DAN LYONS, CENTRE FOR ANIMALS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE, 'How badgers came to be persecuted - but why'


'I enjoyed reading this book and I strongly recommend it to you. This is a powerful and stimulating read and it's bang up to date with the important issue it discusses. It is written by a passionate insider with years of experience. The narrative is pacey and exciting. This book arrived with me on Thursday afternoon and I had read it completely by early yesterday [Saturday] morning.'

- MARK AVERY, WRITER, BLOGGER AND ENVIRONMENTAL CAMPAIGNER


'It should be read by all those battling against government policies that put money ahead of science and the environment.

The book's conclusion is that the culls will be stopped, not by science or validity, but by cost. Yet Dyer remains optimistic: 'Despite all the incompetence, negligence and deceit, it's the caring compassionate British public who have made a stand for wildlife that gives me the most hope for the future.'

His book pays tribute to the 'Badger Army', those many individuals from all walks of life who turned out to protest and importantly, once culling started, to protect the badgers out in the field.

Those people will be patrolling the countryside, day and night, in every area where badger killing is taking place this autumn. While determined to protect their badgers, many also want to see the government help and support farmers to beat the TB in their cattle - but with proper cattle-based measures, not by senselessly killing wildlife.'

- LESLEY DOCKSEY, THE ECOLOGIST, 'Why are our badgers 'Badgered to Death'?'

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