Target: Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union
Goal: Place a boycott on all dairy products from farms in areas of southwest England where badgers will be culled
Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease of cattle which causes financial issues for farmers in England, leading to 30,000 cattle being slaughtered a year and costing the dairy industry about £90 million. As a result, the government has issued licenses allowing trained marksmen to wipe out 70% of the badger populations on 300 farms in West Gloucestershire over the next four years. However, opponents of the cull point out that vaccination is a much more humane and reasonable approach. Vaccinations have been proven to work, and can be administered to both badgers and cows. Doing so would slowly lower the amount of TB being spread, whereas the culls have been shown to cause disturbances in the badger community which causes them to spread farther out into the environment with the disease.
The RSPCA has called for a boycott of dairy products from these areas, stating that farmers and landowners participating in the cull should be made to feel the “commercial consequences”. Chief executive Gavin Grant says “Those who care will not want to visit areas or buy milk from farms soaked in badgers’ blood.” He further proposes that milk produced from areas outside the cull should be identified by supermarkets as being badger friendly for consumers. Furthermore, tourists are being asked not to visit these cull zones for vacationing or business.
Show your support for the lives of countless innocent badgers by boycotting all dairy products from the cull zones and not participating in toursim of the affected areas. If the government cannot be made to see the error of the plan and initiate a different method, when safer and more effective alternatives exist, it is up to the people to show their disapproval.
Dear Mr. Kendall,
The badger cull which will be taking place in the West Country in order to stop the spread of TB among farmlands will see the deaths of countless innocent badgers and is unreasonable in the face of safer and more effective alternatives. Although the vaccination of badgers and cows against TB would be costly, so too is the cull in many respects other than money. The cull will only disturb many of the badgers into relocating to a new location, taking the TB with them.
If you cannot be made to see the obvious negatives to this method, many citizens will be made to show their disapproval through a boycott of all dairy products from the farmlands on which the cull is being carried out. Along with a reduced amount of tourism to these areas, financial consequences will be felt for this appalling act of widespread murder. Please reconsider the course of action currently being taken by your government.
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