Some assume that as a wildlife filmmaker I must be a naive bunny hugger who knows nothing of farming, and would oppose any animal cull on emotional grounds. However, I’ve lived much of my life on farmland; landscapes which even in their wildest corners need managing.
That management must be based on science though, and the badger cull is the exact opposite. I’m a Wildlife Trust president in one of the counties affected, Oxfordshire, and we’re appalled by the government’s abandonment of science in favour of political expediency. The randomised badger culling trial was carried out 1998-2007, cost nearly £50million and killed 11,000 badgers.