Foxhunting hounds and bovine TB - why the official silence?
Teresa May's promise to bring back foxhunting has proved one of the most unpopular items in the Tories' election platform. So we should not be surprised at the official silence over the TB-infected hounds in the Kimblewick hunt, writes Lesley Docksey.
Nor, given the political power of foxhunting landowners, should we be surprised that officials are shrugging off any idea that bad biosecurity in hunt kennels could possibly have anything to do with TB in cattle.
The obvious answer is that the hounds were fed raw, TB-infected meat via the 'fallen stock' arrangement that hunts have with farmers - putting hunt hounds at far more at risk than our domestic pets.
After the initial indignation about so many foxhounds from the Kimblewick Hunt being culled because of having contracted bovine TB (see The Ecologist here and here), everything went quiet.Read Full Article