Going to War over Badgers
Byline: Tony Henderson
THERE is the gruff but kindly Badger in The Wind in the Willows. Then there is Beatrix Potter's Tommy Brock - a badger "not nice in his habits" who kidnaps a family of baby rabbits.
Academic Dr Angela Cassidy says these two characters sum up conflicting, centuries-old attitudes to badgers which are resurfacing in the controversy over plans to cull the animals in a bid to reduce bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
Dr Cassidy is an interdisciplinary fellow with the Research Council's Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, which is based at Newcastle University.
She says that clashing emotions about badgers go back well before arguments about their possible role in spreading bovine TB among …
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Publication information: Article title: Going to War over Badgers. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Journal (Newcastle, England). Publication date: May 9, 2012. Page number: 21. © 2009 MGN Ltd. COPYRIGHT 2012 Gale Group.
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