They really aren’t putting any effort into this tuberculosis scare at all, are they? The time between the first ever case of a human catching TB from a cat, and the first ever case from a dog, can be measured in hours.
A dog has already been added to their little graphic which gets the scare across to the hard of reading. That explains why the badger image in the first graphic was so wide. To make it look like they weren’t leaving space…
The article also mentions mice and rats. The wild kind, but it’s an easy step from there to convince the drones that their pet rodents are nasty, disease-ridden monsters intent on killing them while they sleep.
I wonder how much collateral damage they will accept just to kill some badgers? Probably any amount, since the antismokers and antidrinkers and the rest don’t care how much damage they do to people and families. They just have to have their way and if huge numbers of people suffer and then die alone, well it’s for their own good.
The easy way would be to return to inoculating everyone against TB but that would be too sensible. Kittens and puppies too, in high risk rural areas, also cows and if there is an oral vaccine (I honestly don’t know if there is one for TB) we could leave vaccinated bait around for badgers.
The badger/cow transmission is well established but who started it? Did the badgers infect the cows first, or the other way around? Either way, they are now reinfecting each other so inociulating the cows would mean they aren’t continually passing it back to badgers. This should – although if cows are immune it doesn’t really matter – reduce the incidence in badgers too.
I’m pretty relaxed about vaccination. Microbiologists have to be. We get so many needles stuck in our arms throughout our careers that one good tug and it’ll rip off like a stamp. I was even vaccinated against rabies once, before visiting China. Waste of vaccine. I only saw two dogs and both were roasted. That one isn’t a lifetime protection and apparently it won’t stop you getting rabies. It just holds it back to give you time to get to hospital.
Even so, I never bother with the annual flu vaccination. I don’t believe you can be vaccinated against something so rapidly-changing. Some of these viruses have a clever trick: they only have to get into one cell and then the immune system can’t find them. They don’t burst the cell when they reproduce inside it. The new viruses are budded off at the cell membrane and emerge coated in host cell membrane. Then they go off and infect more cells. When the white blood cells stop them and demand ID, they show the surface proteins of a host cell and are allowed to go on their way.
Pretty smart for something made out of a strand of DNA or RNA and a few bits of protein. I wonder – when the immune system realises what is going on – could that be what triggers some autoimmune diseases? Heck, I have drifted way off topic this time.
We truly are in the grip of sociopaths. Badgers are spreading TB at a rate that, when compared to the increasing human to human transmission rate, doesn’t even show as a blip on the graph. So they set out to shoot some badgers. Doesn’t work.
Real people would say ‘Well, it’s not working. We could go back to gassing them but the Green cult will be all over us again. So maybe if we just inoculate everyone and everything and then let the badgers get on with it, that’ll sort it out’.
The problem for the sociopath is that it would be an admission of failure. Their plan was wrong and their previous declaration that inoculation wasn’t needed any more was wrong and their insistence that badgers be protected was wrong. That cannot be allowed to happen. They can never admit they were wrong.
We see the same with smoking bans and plain packs and booze prices and food taxes. Even when it’s clear their schemes do far more harm than good, they cannot admit they were wrong. They must press on with The Plan even when The Plan has been demonstrated to be an utter waste of time and money.
Now we have everyone catching TB from everything. Everyone is suffering from second-hand badgers and that means only one thing. A ban on badgers.
Badgers, being animals, can be exterminated entirely once the drones are whipped into a suitable frenzy. It’s not really much more difficult to move from there to a point where the drones will be happy to exterminate people whose lifestyles they don’t agree with. Hitler did it. Pol Pot did it. Stalin did it. It’s been standard practice for a long time.
Some Pagans (the Gerald Gardner kind, not real ones) claim that they were persecuted in the Middle Ages to a greater extent than the Jews under Hitler. Well, they are missing a very important point here. Most, if not all, of the witches tried and found guilty in the Middle Ages were not even practising Pagans. Just some poor sap the village didn’t like very much. It was all just an excuse to blame someone and then punish them while bypassing all that inconvenient ‘innocent until proven guilty’ stuff.
You can still see this in modern times. How often do you read of a lifelong non-smoker who is diagnosed with lung cancer, and is pronounced ‘smoker’ by the NHS? They will not accept that lung cancer occurs in nonsmokers for reasons that cannot even remotely be linked to tobacco. Guilty! Heretic! Computer has spoken.
The smoker-bashing has slowed a little while they co-opt the lungs of idiots for this TB scare. The NHS, meanwhile, still bemoan the lack of suitable organ donors.
Well in addition to refusing smoker’s lungs, patients will want to know if the donor kept cats or dogs soon. They won’t want one of those TB-infested things, thank you very much.
When that happens I think I’ll get a cat and a dog.
And teach them to smoke.