Alleged engagement with Badgers

“Dr Paul Monaghan (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross) (SNP)
He is highlighting some alleged facts in relation to the engagement that badgers have with cattle. I would like to suggest that there is absolutely no evidence to substantiate that view whatsoever.

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds) (Con)
I simply say to the hon. Gentleman, who is an intelligent chap, that every bit of logic points to the fact that there must be a link. If badgers have TB and cattle have TB—I do not think this island is alone; this takes place in the rest of the world —any scientific hypothesis would assume there is a link. It is not credible for him to suggest otherwise.” https://goo.gl/QNjbae

Assumption, the watchword of logicians.

From the Badger culling debate at UK parliament on 27 March.
Transcript at https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2017-03-27/debates/7EE168FA-D5CD-41B5-9563-E801D4777EE3/BadgerCulling.
Video at http://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/94880530-c845-4ce1-99df-b464223f225e

Tubercullosis

“Scientists have found a clear correlation between more intensive farming systems and cattle falling ill with TB. … Farms with herds of 150 cattle or more are 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak of TB than herds with fewer than 50 animals. … The researchers also find a clear correlation between the use of maize for silage cattle feed and the incidence of TB.” (http://www.soilassociation.org/news/newsstory/articleid/8547/intensive-farming-link-with-bovine-tb)

This news will only exacerbate government’s cognitive dissonance regarding badgers. It will be filed under ‘more evidence that badgers, through herding cattle into small barns and feeding them maize, are infecting them with bTB.’

Moonure

“A large dairy in Washington state, Cow Palace Dairy, polluted ground water by over applying manure to soil. … The district court ruling, if upheld, could affect any large livestock facility that produces more manure than it can responsibly manage.” (http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/01/17/us-usa-pollution-manure-idUKKBN0KQ00F20150117)

Spokesperson Baron Bovine said, ‘for mega-dairies, the shit has hit the land.’

Eggistry

“Cattle release five times more greenhouse gas and consume six times more nitrogen than eggs or poultry.” (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-28409704)

Ahhh, it’s the nitrogen-eating eggs that produce the finest hydrogen fartoxide.