Apr 07, 2014 20:51
By Tom Bryant
The Princess, who lost rare breed cattle to TB spread by badgers, appeared on the BBC show and said gassing was “nicer” than shooting as they “go to sleep, basically”
BBC’s Countryfile has been hit by complaints over Princess Anne’s call for badgers to be gassed .
Viewers are being urged to boycott the show following its controversial interview with the royal on Sunday night.
The Princess, who lost rare breed cattle to TB spread by badgers, said gassing was “nicer” than shooting because they “go to sleep, basically”.
But her comments sparked fury among animal lovers. And the Badgers Trust is leading a campaign calling on the show’s fans to stop watching it.
Trust chief Dominic Dyer said: “People feel that the BBC hasn’t upheld its charter commitments for impartiality. There was no balance.
"This has not been very well dealt with.
“They have chased the ratings and put a member of the Royal Family in a difficult position. They put also put us in a position where they haven’t given us an accurate, balanced view.
“They have taken sides on a very controversial issue. We deal with huge amounts of illegal gassings and this gives a green light for more illegal behaviour.”
Princess Anne said gassing was more humane than shooting because badgers “go to sleep basically”..”
Filmed at her Gatcombe Park estate in Gloucestershire, the Princess also repeated calls for horse meat to be sold in the UK.
The BBC received 118 complaints shortly after the show was aired. A spokesman said: “Both sides of the debate were covered in the programme.”
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