Hunting


Jones M, Allen C, Bacon H, Dalzell F, Eastwood B, Edwards R, Knight A, Lewis J, MacMillan A, McGill I, Menache A and Torgerson P. Badger cull has no basis in science. The Independent 2013; Jun 05. [letter]
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Criticism of the British Government's plans for mass killing of wild badgers as part of its bovine tuberculosis control strategy, and of the British Veterinary Association's support of the killing.


Jones M, Abraham M, Allen C, Bacon H, Dalzell F, Edwards R, Elliott P, Fogle B, Inglis J, Knight A, Lewis J, McGill I, MacMillan A, Menache A, Southgate P, Torgerson P. BVA pilot cull support ‘not representative’. Vet Times 2013; 43(21): 27. [letter]
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Criticism of the British Government's plans for mass killing of wild badgers as part of its bovine tuberculosis control strategy, and of the British Veterinary Association's support of the killing. A similar letter were published in Vet Record around the same time.


McGill I, Menache A, Knight A, Allen C, Hill S & Eastwood B. Simultaneous vaccination ‘best way’ to tackle bTB. Vet Times [UK] 2012; 42(38): 35. [letter].
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A scientific critique of UK government plans to shoot badgers - which harbour tuberculosis - to attempt to reduce its incidence within British cattle herds.


Summary

McGill I, Menache A, Knight A, Allen C, Hill S & Eastwood B. Bovine Tb and badger culling. Vet Record [UK] 2012; 171: 353-354. [letter].
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A shorter version of the above Vet Times letter.


Debate

McGill I, Menache A, Knight A, Allen C & Eastwood B. We can’t ignore evidence to ‘defend indefensible’. Vet Times [UK] 2012; 42(46): 31. [letter].
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A continuation of the Vet Times debate over badger culling. The Presidents of the BVA and BCVA published an opposing viewpoint in the same edition.



Knight A. Insults only show hunt lobby’s desperation. Vet Times [UK] 2005; 35(16): 39.
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Vet Times columnist Manda Scott sparked off a heated debate amongst veterinarians lasting several months with a 1,000 word self-proclaimed “rant” in favour of hunting (Vet Times, 28th Mar. 2005, p.8). The fact that such a debate could even occur is a damning indictment of the ethics of many veterinarians. Here is one of my contributions.