Unsurprisingly, results of a freedom of information request have found what many scientists thought to be true. I would also like to see the effects of the cull on local hedgehog populations. Displaced, hungry badgers are surely more likely to predate on hedgehogs rather than their preferred prey of earthworms.
An independent scientific assessment of last year's pilot badger culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset has concluded that they were not effective. Analysis commissioned by the government found the number of badgers killed fell well short of the target deemed necessary, the BBC understands. And up to 18% of culled badgers took longer than five minutes to die, failing the test for humaneness.