You may have already seen that UK authorities have permitted badger control operations to take place in England’s nature havens, according to new revelations.

Freedom of Information requests involving Natural England, the Forestry Commission, and Forestry England, show that badger control activities, including culling in some instances, have been permitted in various nationally important nature areas since at least 2016.

Retired government scientist Dr Chris Cheeseman, who worked on bTB in badgers and cows for 32 years, in responding to a comprehensive report about the state of nature in the UK, warns that “draconian culling of a key species is likely to have a profound effect on some other species in the ecosystem. Reports from areas where culling has taken place reveal that badgers have now been totally eliminated in many locations.”

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