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The Badger Cull: November 2018
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The Badger Cull: November 2018

"At the end of the day the badger is the most protected but probably the most persecuted species in Britain today...and yet we've been playing Rusian roulette with its future by culling it indiscriminately without any effective monitoring of the individuals doing it or the impact of the numbers or the impact on the whole ecoysytem of removal which we've just talked about in terms of other species...." (Dominic Dyer, 2018) The badger cull, part of the government's strategy to tackle Bovine Tuberculosis (Btb) infection in the dairy industry, started as a trial in two pilot zones in 2013. Five years on cull zones now cover vast swathes of many counties (68% of Devon, 63% of Dorset and 54% of Cornwall for instance) and up to 42,000 badgers were targeted to be killed this year alone. But the policy is unpopular with the wider public and facing fierce criticism from experts. In this impassioned conversation Charlie Moores talks with two of the UK's most knowledgeable and uncompromising campaigners against the cull: Dr Iain McGill, a former government vet who heads up the Brighton-based Prion Interest Group, and Dominic Dyer, chief-executive of the Badger Trust and author of 'Badgered to Death - the People and Politics of the Badger Cull'. Photo (from left to right): Dr Iain McGill, Dominic Dyer, Charlie Moores