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Will this cull work?

Scientists are still trying to establish whether killing badgers will have any real impact on tuberculosis in cows

By Patrick Barkham   October 2013

“Meles meles has lived across Europe in its black and white form for two million years… public affection for this animal is unwavering.” (© Nature Picture Library)

Villagers informing on neighbours for shooting badgers. Videos of screaming badgers shared on social media. Badger killers in hired 4x4s with high velocity rifles so scared that the police have installed CCTV at their homes. Pronouncements from Judi Dench and Dappy of hip-hop group N-Dubz. A luxuriantly-coiffured rock star fighting for “brock’s rights”. An environment minister who has staked his career on “bearing…

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