The National federation of Badger Groups' response to the published results of the 4 area Irish trial is ... strange.
Having denied all along that badgers play any part whatsoever in the spread of bovine Tb, (see Throwing Her Teddies - on this site) CEO of the NFBG Dr. Elaine King, comments:
"This trial suggests that badger culling only reduces Tb in cattle if every single badger is exterminated"
"It is impossible to determine the actual reduction in cattle Tb that has been acheived in Ireland by badger culling"
"It is vital that Defra focuses it's energy on controlling movement of infected livestock, and removing infected cattle by implementing the more accurate gamma interferon test."
Do we see a slight contradiction here?
"Only reduces cattle Tb if every single badger is exterminated?"
So it does work then? And if badgers suffering from and spreading Tb are removed in a meaningful way, then cattle Tb - just disappears.
"Impossible to see the actual reduction" (in cattle Tb)
Eeerr no. The paper quotes a figure of " by 60 - 96 percent."
Elaine must have missed that bit.
And finally the lovely Elaine implores Defra to "focus its energy on the controlling the movement of infected livestock". With that we would concur, but only if her beloved badgers are part of that loop.
As we said, a strange response. Weak, contradictory and selective.
Hoist by her own petard even?