War of the Badgers Erupts in England

A cull of badgers starts next week in the UK to curb high rates of bovine tuberculosis. Image: A. Rouse/naturepl.com

The issue at hand is that the common badger, Meles meles, one of the largest predators left in the British Isles, while loved by the public, is a bane to farmers, as they infect cattle with bovine tuberculosis. The disease could cost the UK government $1.6 billion in control measures and compensation over the next decade.

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