Representatives from badger and cat organisations released a statement today promising that the TB coalition roll out will be complete by the summer.
Ben Mellor of Badger Fightback and Tiddles McKenzie of Cats Against the Internet issued the joint statement following a slew of negative publicity in the Daily Mail.
“Although we are not natural bedfellows, we both have grievances against the ever expanding human population and frankly, enough is enough,” said Mr Mellor. “Our own concern is that Defra will redouble its efforts after its shocking incompetence over the culling fiasco last year. Ms McKenzie’s members are annoyed by the negative attitudes peddled across the internet portraying cats as cute comedians with poor grammar. It’s heartening to see a dog getting in on the act now too, and we’ll definitely be approaching canine groups to see if they’d like to join us”.
When questioned on the unlikely union between the two groups, Ms McKenzie commented that they got the idea from the current government coalition. “Let’s be honest, if Nick and Dave can cosy up in a rose garden agreeing with each other, there’s no reason why we can’t do the same. I’m a bit worried about the dog business because it’s a bit like inviting UKIP to join in, but Ben’s quite keen. I’m not sure if it’s got legs myself, and I’d rather involve a more manageable group like parakeets, but let’s take a ‘wait and see’ approach on that”.
Neither group has expressed any plans to put up candidates for the European Parliament elections in May but have not yet ruled out doing so for the General Election next year. Larry from 10 Downing Street is thought to be consulting with the groups on how to take this further.
Hat tip to apepper