How are badger brushes attained?




I think that some species are regarded as vermin in eastern europe and china and culled anyway. BUT I'm not a 100% sure of this. I know that badgers are certainly eaten in China.

The local badger Meles Meles ? isn't uncommon in the UK and I beleive something like 30,000 have been culled in recent times as they are believed to carry TB and infect cattle. Again I can't promise you the numbers are accurate.

I know of people who feed "Sets" in their garden. If I had badgers in my garden I'd feed them too. BUT - Personally I have no misgivings about shaving brushes, admittedly though I wouldn't do the deed myself.
Then I would never kill anything unless I was going to eat it. I've enjoyed rough shooting in the past but we always shot for the pot.

Vicious - not unless they have no choice but they've been known to have the better of large dogs.

I don't know that boar bristle is any better from your point of view, but I love gammon and with the free shaving brush it sounds like a bargain! Pass the pineapple. We kill and eat pigs so I really don't see any problem.

Sorry if some of this seems a bit flippant.
Fair play to you - hope you can get what you want and be happy with it.

Will

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Most badger hair for brushes is obtained in China. Most of the badger pelt actually goes for other types of brushes, with only a portion being used for shaving brushes.

I have recently seen a video of a Chinese farmer and his methods for slaughtering badgers. I am not saying that all farmers are like this fellow, but I imagine many are. I will not go into detail, but suffice it to say that I was sickened by what I saw, and I am far from being a bleeding heart animal rights mamby pamby.

I have shared the footage with other members, and decided to not post the link, as in the words of one member, "You don't post a video of a slaughterhouse on a gourmet food site".

Again, I am not saying it is the norm, but anyone who has ever spent any time around animals can tell you that death and slaughtering is not very pretty at the best of times.

That being said, I need to buy about 10 more brushes!

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I really do concur, you should respect your own convictions. Also, because I also do NOT wish to be a hypocrite will buy as many badger hair brushes that I can reasonably manage. I profess to having a love for leather products and so will continue eating as much hamburger and steak that I can reasonably manage. And, because I salivate over the smell of freshly cooked bacon, I will continue to consume as much ham, pork, pickled pigs feet and bacon that I can reasonably manage. Furthermore, because chickens taste better in my stomach than out scrounging for feed, I will continue ordering as much chicken cordon bleu, chicken salad, and lemon peppered chicken as I can reasonably manage. In addition, because I want to help feeding as many fishermen as I can, I will continue to enjoy as much trout, crab, lobster, halibut, shrimp, tuna, salmon, shark, mahi mahi, marlin, and smelts as I can reasonably manage. Finally, because I want to grow up to be strong and healthy, I will continue to frequent those fine dining establishments that mercilessly slaughter in the prime of their young lives, the helpless beans, brussels sprouts, carrots, celery, apples, oranges, pineapples, blueberries, radishes, garlic, onions, barley, oats, turnips, pumpkins, bananas, sweet potatoes, zucchini, peas, and grapefruit as much as I can reasonably manage.

BTW, I'm not a vegan :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

The nature of our world is the way that it is. If the badgers, in this case, are not killed to supply your sole brush order, many others will be killed for other reasons. I don't mean to get off on a tangent, but this issue REALLY gets under my skin. We, by evolution or other reasons, are on top of the food chain. This simply means that we have a choice in consuming whatever it is that we do do in order to continue our society.

Other fauna or flora should be so lucky!!!

This whole topic I find to be so P.C. that it justs grates on every single nerve I have. (which are quite a few!!!)

I mean, honestly, there's a HELL of a lot more pressing matters that we COULD and SHOULD be concerned about than worrying over the killing of badgers to supply our brushes :x

Yes, I have seen slaugterhouses. I do know exactly how the cows, pigs, horses, chickens, foxes, etc. etc. are killed. It is not sanitized in any way, shape, manner, or form. Guess what, LIFE is not always sanitized. DEAL WITH IT :twisted:

My true grave concern is that our Western society has now gotten to be so "clean", "sanitary", and "liberal" that WE will soon be unable to keep advancing ourselves and become completely unable to cope with how life is not only out there, in "Mother Nature", but how life is for many millions of humans unfortunate enough not to be living in a first world nation.

Sorry for the long (in my case) post, but I can't help but wonder how many Civil War soldiers pondered if badgers (or horses) should be killed so that they could get their hands on a shave brush.

My guess??? Not too damn many.

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You really can't win, Blah. It is a fact of life that living things have to live by killing something. Even vegetarian animals have to live by killing plants. Plants themselves seem a bit nobler, as they can live off of nutrients in the ground, along with sunshine, but those nutrients in the ground come from decaying matter in the soil, so even plants aren't totally exempt. The irony is that, in order to live, living things must consume life in some way or another. Life seems to be inherently parasitic, to a degree. This doesn't mean that you can't try to minimize just how much you gratuitously enjoy certain things purloined from other living creatures, such as fur, leather, badger hair, hamburger, or what have you. Nevertheless, no living thing grows with the intention of being killed and eaten, whether it is an animal or a plant. As such, we can never truly escape the fact that we are all, in some way, opportunistic. I'm not advocating anything, mind you, just doing a little dimestore philosophizing.


Nathan

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