Readers divided in poll on M.bovis strategy

This week’s web poll question was a tough one and left readers divided.

Less than half (48 percent) of online voters supported the Government’s decision to try to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

Those against the decision totalled 42 percent, while 11 percent voted “don’t know”.

The estimated cost to taxpayers over the next 10 years to tackle the cattle disease is $592 million.

Up to 150,000 cows will have to be culled and the Government rates the likelihood of successful eradication as only “better than 50 percent”.

The other option was to manage it, as it has been treated elsewhere in the world.

One reader against the approach asked why the NZ Government was “so arrogant as to think they could do something no other country has done”.

“The mental trauma to those involved in the eradication of their herds has rated little consideration. I feel for them.”

Those who supported the Government’s position included a reader who said it was “very brave” of the Government.

“It is heartening to see they seem to have the backing of the farmers as well. One has to ask why National did absolutely nothing about this?”

Also in the “yes” camp was another reader who said NZ’s agricultural background demanded we try to eradicate it.

“Let’s lead the way and have an authentic effort to win this fight.”

A reader who voted “don’t know” asked why NZ could not learn from the other countries, which had coped with this disease for years.

“Surely if it could be eradicated, one of them would have done it.”

Another reader against the decision said $150 million, 10 years and only a 50 percent chance of eradication was “not a good deal”.

This week’s web poll question was a tough one and left readers divided.

Less than half (48 percent) of online voters supported the Government’s decision to try to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

Those against the decision totalled 42 percent, while 11 percent voted “don’t know”.

The estimated cost to taxpayers over the next 10 years to tackle the cattle disease is $592 million.

Up to 150,000 cows will have to be culled and the Government rates the likelihood of successful eradication as only “better than 50 percent”.

The other option was to manage it, as it has been treated elsewhere in the world.

One reader against the approach asked why the NZ Government was “so arrogant as to think they could do something no other country has done”.

“The mental trauma to those involved in the eradication of their herds has rated little consideration. I feel for them.”

Those who supported the Government’s position included a reader who said it was “very brave” of the Government.

“It is heartening to see they seem to have the backing of the farmers as well. One has to ask why National did absolutely nothing about this?”

Also in the “yes” camp was another reader who said NZ’s agricultural background demanded we try to eradicate it.

“Let’s lead the way and have an authentic effort to win this fight.”

A reader who voted “don’t know” asked why NZ could not learn from the other countries, which had coped with this disease for years.

“Surely if it could be eradicated, one of them would have done it.”

Another reader against the decision said $150 million, 10 years and only a 50 percent chance of eradication was “not a good deal”.

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