Badgers are a vector for bovine TB. Which is on the increase in the UK. However, scientists have long held the view that badger culling would not reduce incidences of bovine TB and may increase the range of any remaining badgers and so in some cases increase the spread of bovine TB. Bovine TB, they say is best controlled by increased testing and restrictions on cattle movement.
The farmers, of course, want to kill all the badgers.
So the Krebs trial was initiated. They took 30 100km square areas of the country and compared the effects of not culling, proactive culling and reactive culling. Broadly speaking there was no difference between not culling and proative culling. Unless of course your a badger. The reactive culling trials were suspended after a significant increase in the spread of bovine TB. So, it cost us tax payers 7 million pounds a year to prove the point but badger culling is a waste of time and money.
Of course, whats hard science compared with the traditional agricultural wisdom aquired through centuaries of rural inbreeding. We townies obviously dont understand the ways of the country. Why should farmers face the cost of increased testing and restrictions on cattle movement when they can simply go badger butchering? Fortunately farmers are a minority and in a wonderful democracy like the UK and public opinion, vastly anti badger culling, and scientific widom, vastly anti badger culling, will always prevail.
so today MP's have backed calls for a badger cull. Because, and this is the only explanation I can come up with, they are a bunch of complete fuckwitts.