WTF! One of your favourite TV shows is encouraging us to CULL otters?

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So there was some outrage on the ol’ tweets Sunday night while ‘Countryfile’ was airing. Ahh, ‘Countryfile’, the show you can depend on during the chilly and drab Sunday evenings to show you some beautiful cuddly imagery of natural life at its best. Beautiful skies, breathtaking landscapes and otters being given the chop because they’re eating farmer’s fish…

Wut? Run that by us again?

‘Countryfile’ ran a piece looking at the trouble carp fisheries have been having with otters stealing their livestock. FYI otters eat fish, and were there before the fish, but now the fish are there it’s like “alright lads, all-you-can-eat buffet over yonder! Huzzah!”

So sure, we can understand the fishery farmer’s frustration. But is it fair, or humane, to resort to culling these meme-worthy creatures? (see “Benedict Cumberbatch/Otter”)

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We’ve been here before with badgers, who CAN carry TB and put cattle at risk. But there is a vaccine. Or trying to “control numbers” of deer by picking off the sickly and the weak through man-made natural selection.

Surely the otters get dibs since they were there first. There isn’t much “natural” about a carp fishery, it didn’t pop up by itself. The otters, however?

Maybe we should have the right to protect our stock, the same way a shopkeeper will ensure against theft and flooding.

Plus, anyone that has seen these furry little muckers at the zoo or on a reserve will know how rampant they are when it comes to feeding time. Like letting a fox loose in a chicken coop, they have been known to kill for the sake of it.

But do you know what else eats carp? The heron. The mink. The cormorant. Humans (although you probs won’t find it on the menu at the chippy because we prefer to just fish it rather than fish it and eat it).

Perhaps, on the grand scheme of things, this is but a ripple in the water and we should be focusing on bigger environmental problems. However, the best advice on most things is to “start small” and there isn’t much smaller than an otter, eh?

How do you feel about it? Is the otter worth fighting for, or should farmers be allowed to protect their stock in this way? Tell us in the comments below 

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Written by Sarah Clare

Sarah is the Lead Writer and Design Queen here at Maximum Pop! Sarah holds an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University, and a BA in Creative Writing with English Literature from Marjon (BIG UP THE MARJON MASSIVE!). Sarah joined MP! after seeing an advertisement for writers on Instagram – because where else would a design master find their dream job?

Sarah is currently working on an expose on Draco Malfoy in her spare time. But not if his father hears about it.

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