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To: BBC Countryfile

Stop BBC from broadcasting Princess Anne interview.

Dear BBC Countryfile, Please do not broadcast the interview with Princess Anne. Her position in society implies she has expertise and her opinion bears weight that she can't back up with expertise.

Badgers do not need to be culled and a member of the Royal family advocating an illegal method of mass slaughter is irresponsible. Badger culls have been shown to be ineffective in controlling bTB. And the numbers of cattle being slaughtered as bTB reactors has fallen due increased biosecurity.

It would be highly irresponsible to show an interview by someone who is ill informed on the subject at hand. Especially when it is someone in a position of power advocating an illegal and unnecessary method.

Why is this important?

The BBC have issued a press release about a forthcoming episode of Countryfile in which Princess Anne advocates the gassing of badgers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-26888406

This practise was outlawed in 1982 as it is cruel, slow and ineffective. The crux of the issue is badgers do not need culling, the number of bTB reactors being slaughtered fell last year as part of a downward trend due to increased biosecurity.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/incidence-of-tuberculosis-tb-in-cattle-in-great-britain

Badger culls have been shown to have no impact on levels of bTB so this interview advocating methods for culling not only implies badger are the cause but that this is the way forward. A terrible way to spend out license fee by advocating the decimation of our wildlife.


Reasons for signing

  • What makes this person think she has a voice on Countryfile, which has been avoiding the cull for months? Oh yes - her privilege. And the bias of the BBC. Shame on them both.
  • Because the cull is immoral and this kind of idiocy by a person in an elevated position should be allowed to be heard.
  • The Royals still have a love of killing animals. According to the BBC here has been NO news to report during the badger cull. Put the 2 together on Countryfile and it's obviously not going to be an unbiased programme! If they still want to air the programme, lets see Bill Oddie or Brian May also getting their say to make it balanced!

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