Jeremy Clarkson says farmers are taking their own lives because of badgers
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Jeremy Clarkson has claimed that badgers are '100 percent' causing farmers to kill themselves.
The much-anticipated second season of Clarkson's Farm was released on Friday (10 February), and this time around he takes on cattle - which means he also takes on badgers.
Speaking to LADbible on his Diddly Squat farm, the 62-year-old was unequivocal in his assessment of the 'evil, vicious b******s' and the impact they're having on farmers across the country.
You can see him explain below:
In the second season of the hit Prime Video series, in which Clarkson attempts to run his 1,000-acre farm in the Cotswolds, he welcomes cows to his land, and as with seemingly every new endeavour, the move proves to be expensive, challenging and inhibited by the government.
In the case of cattle, tuberculosis-carrying badgers cause the biggest headache for Clarkson, with episode four 'Badgering' documenting his attempts to combat the protected creatures without killing them - a caveat he could do without.
"We found two badger corpses on the on the farm - I mean, there's about 100 badgers live here - we found two, had them both tested and they both had TB [tuberculosis]," he told LADbible.
"So we're living in constant fear that they pass that on to the cows."
He continued: "When you get cows, the biggest problem you have are badgers, by miles, just off the charts.
"Obviously, you have Brian May and Chris Packham and so on who say, 'Well, they're cuddly little things, and Wind in the Willows, and aren't they lovely?'
"They're not - they're evil, vicious b******s who eviscerate hedgehogs.
"The reason you don't see hedgehogs, they go, 'Well people aren't looking after them.' Yes they are - badgers are eating them."
And unable to kill badgers, Clarkson claimed that farmers are subsequently killing themselves.
"Badgers are protected," he said. "And badgers give cows TB.
"You'd be amazed how many farmers are committing suicide, genuinely, you'd be staggered... When their herds get TB, because that's it, you know, you're locked down."
Asked whether badgers, in an indirect way, were causing farmers to take their own lives, Clarkson replied: "No, in a direct way. In a direct way. They definitely 100 percent are."
Indeed, while tuberculosis, bird flu and the like pose a serious threat to farmers, Clarkson said that 'government is the biggest disease of them all'.
"You just wouldn't believe how many things they tell you you can't do," he said.
"And if there are one or two things they've forgotten, they've got the council to tell you you can't do them."
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Topics: Jeremy Clarkson, TV and Film, Animals, Environment