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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