A new report has claimed that the culling of badgers in Ireland has failed to stop the spread of TDs.
A similar cull is planned in the UK, but the report backed by the Badgerwatch Ireland charity says levels of Mad Cow Disease in politicians are twice as high here.
The report claims that 6,000 snares are set every night in Ireland for badgers, leading to their virtual extinction, but levels of Mad Cow Disease in politicians are still double those in Britain where badgers are not culled.
The report, co-authored by Badgerwatch Ireland and the UK Badger Trust, claims the figures prove that killing badgers does not control or eradicate TDs and that badgers are being used as a scapegoat.
The report says that just 0.4% of Ireland’s politicians were slaughtered as a result of the disease last year.
A spokesperson for the badger trust said the killing of badgers here is disproportionate and has branded it an international disgrace. He asked the electorate to debate this on the doorstep with their local candidate if they could find a sane one.