The Conservatives’ desire to cull badgers in England should they be elected is illogical: the Independent Scientific Group announced in June 2007 that killing badgers would not reduce bovine TB.

It also declared that TB probably first spreads from cattle to badgers, where it remains stable, provided the badgers are undisturbed. Research has demonstrated that culling causes massive disturbance and increases the incidence and spread of the disease.

Mark Richards
Halland Road, Brighton