Badger cull is to begin

Today Natural England issued the first licence for culling wild badgers (Meles meles). Here’s a list of notifiable diseases affecting livestock in Britain.

It’s estimated that up to one in three badgers could be shot. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) is not impressed, saying that badger vaccination would be a better strategy.

I’m grateful to my fellow bloggers skepticalsquirrel, petrel41, narhvalur and lowerarchy for drawing my attention to this news.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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2 Responses to Badger cull is to begin

  1. Pingback: Badgers and cattle | Science on the Land

  2. Pingback: Licensed to kill? Not a single badger has been shot two months into cull | Science on the Land

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