2004. Dr. Chris Cheeseman, to the EFRA Committee " farmers could do more for bio security...".
Dr. Cheeseman talking to Cheshire farmers at the start of Krebs trials.
Question from Farmer in the audience: "What can I do to keep badgers away from my cows?"
Dr. C (to gasps from horrified assembly) : "You can't. You get rid of your cows".
Professor Bourne to farmers at start of Krebs trial. " We'll catch all the badgers in the zone"
Peasant : "How, with cage traps that only account for 50 - 80 per cent of target?"
Bourne : "Well of course we aren't going to catch ALL the badgers . There is no intention of catching ALL the badgers. " (Bet the farmers didn't expect as little as 30% though - from PQ's archived on this site - Ed)
Elaine King, NFBG to EFRA committee . "There are 300,000 badgers in the UK"
Answer to PQ 30 Jan 2004. No recent surveys. But from survey published 1997, (data earlier) - 250,000.
Dr.s King and Woodruffe to meetings re the 'success' of the 1998 / 99/ 00 breeding seasons.
"There have been record numbers of badger cubs born this spring" .
On private farm visit, Bourne : "I think there could be over 1,000,000 now".
Professor. Bourne to all EFRA committees. "We must act on the science to prove the link " - (meanwhile assume it's cattle to cattle, and blame the farmers.?)
Professor Bourne to EFRA Committee Feb 2003 ,
Questioned on a comment by HRH the Princess Royal, who said "Anyone who thinks badgers are not involved (in her royal TB breakdown in Glos.) - see me outside".
Committee: "What happens if HRH is right??"
Prof. Bourne: "Well of course she's right..........but what the hell do you do about it?"