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No logic to badger cull; Views of the North.

THE figures given in The Journal on Saturday regarding the results of the badger cull in Somerset raise some questions about the logic and skills of those involved.

We are told that to be considered successful 70% of the 2,490 badgers believed present needed to be culled. Thus about 750 would be left.

The original number of badgers was revised downward, fair enough since no estimate is perfect, to an initial population of 1450. As 690 were actually killed that leaves 510 badgers.

We are now told that with 510 badgers left this is a total failure, whereas if 750 had been left that would have been a success. Really? The Alice in Wonderland logic appears not even to consider that the rate of transmission of disease from badger to cow (or is it the other way round) is surely dependent upon both the number of badgers per square mile and the ratio of cows to badgers.

Regardless of the percentage, real or imagined, 510 badgers in the area of Somerset are going to have less chance of transmitting desease than 750 badgers.

CHRIS MILLS, Crawcrook, Ryton, Tyne and Wear
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 13, 2013
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