British scientist against badger killing

This video says about itself:

The owner of a conservation centre for badgers takes her charges for a walk before feeding time.

Taken from the show “Lost Badger” available at

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Badger culls are crazy (says scientist who recommended them)

Charlie Cooper

Tuesday 18 September 2012

A renowned scientist whose work has been cited by the Government to justify its plan to cull badgers has called the scheme “crazy”.

The intervention from Lord Krebs, who led a nine-year study into the effect of badger culling on rates of tuberculosis in cattle, came as the Environment Minister, Owen Paterson, said he wanted to see the scheme rolled out beyond two pilot areas.

The first licence to shoot badgers was granted by Natural England to a consortium of landowners in Gloucestershire yesterday. It permits the shooting of up to 70 per cent of badgers in the area.

The figure is based on Lord Krebs’ study, which found that killing 70 per cent of badgers in a large area produced a 16 per cent drop in TB in cattle. Killing any fewer could actually increase infection rates, the study found.

Speaking to the BBC yesterday, Lord Krebs said that the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ (Defra) plan was misguided because they could have no way of knowing the badger population in the trial areas.

“I would go down the vaccination and biosecurity route rather than this crazy scheme that may deliver very small advantage,” he said.

The trial culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset will be monitored with a view to extending the scheme to other parts of England. In Wales, the government has begun a scheme of badger vaccination instead of culling.

Badger cull poses risk to public safety, ministers told: here.

Crown Estate permits badger cull on its land: here.

Vaccine for bovine TB could prevent future badger culls: here.

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