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2010-02-11 08:20:03

Badger culling is unlikely to be a cost-effective way of helping control cattle TB in Britain, according to research published today in PLoS ONE. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the Zoological Society of London, say their findings suggest that the benefits of repeated widespread badger culling, in terms of reducing the incidence of cattle TB, disappear within four years after the culling has ended. Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is a disease in cattle that has a serious...

2009-08-13 11:10:12

A British government scientist is believed to have contracted bovine tuberculosis from an infected badger, a government official said. Thirty other staff members employed by the government's Food and Environment Research Agency in Woodchester, England, near Stroud, are also being tested for the often deadly infectious disease, said Alison Wilson, FERA's head of executive support. This is the first time a suspected case of mycobacterium bovis has jumped the species barrier and caused human...

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2008-07-08 08:05:00

Britain's environmental secretary has confirmed the government will not be issuing licenses to cull cattle tuberculosis (TB). Hilary Benn made the remarks in a Commons statement, and acknowledged that although a broad-based cull might improve the situation, it could also worsen the problem. The details about the decision were made public in a BBC News report, which said Britain's National Farmers' Union (NFU) is seeking legal advice about the situation. The disease affected approximately...

2006-02-07 07:59:44

LONDON (Reuters) - The National Farmers Union said on Tuesday it is to mount a legal challenge to British government plans to introduce pre-movement testing of cattle later this month in a bid to tackle bovine tuberculosis. Britain's farm ministry announced in mid-December it would introduce compulsory pre-movement testing of some cattle, effective February 20, and said it would consult on a possible badger cull to tackle the rapidly spreading disease. The NFU cited a lack of public...

2006-01-04 07:34:40

OXFORD (Reuters) - Britain is set to cull badgers in a bid to tackle bovine tuberculosis despite opposition from wildlife groups, Tim Bennett, president of the National Farmers' Union, said on Wednesday. "That (a badger cull) is not a debate. Frankly this is going to happen," Bennett told reporters at a news conference held at the annual Oxford Farming Conference. Last month the British government announced it was holding a consultation about whether to cull badgers in a bid to...


Latest European Badger Reference Libraries

Japanese Badger, Meles anakuma
2013-01-01 11:13:25

The Japanese badger (Meles anakuma) is native to Japan with a range that includes Shodoshima, Honshu, Shikoku, and Kyushu. It prefers a habitat in many areas including forests and woodlands.  It was once thought to be the same species as the Asian badger, but genetic studies have shown this to be untrue. The Japanese badger has a slight sexual dimorphism, with males growing larger than females. Males can reach an average body length of thirty-one inches, while females are slightly smaller...

Asian Badger, Meles leucurus
2013-01-01 11:07:20

The Asian badger or sand badger (Meles leucurus) is native to The Korean Peninsula, China, Kazakhstan, and Russia. Its range includes Mongolia and the Urals in the southeast portion of Russia. It prefers a habitat within open woodlands with deciduous vegetation next to pastures, but it will reside in steppe lands, scrublands, coniferous forests, and mixed woodlands. This badger species can be found at an elevation of up to 13,000 feet and is separated from the European badger by the Volga...

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2009-02-16 19:47:24

The European badger (Meles meles) also known as the Eurasian Badger, is a species of badger indigenous to much of Europe (excluding northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Cyprus). It is also found in many parts of Asia, from about 15° to 65° North, and from about 10° West to 135° East. It is related to stoats, otters, weasels, minks, and other badgers. There are 5 subspecies. The fur is gray above and black on the underside with a unique black-and-white...

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2007-01-22 16:38:59

The American Badger, Taxidea taxus, is a North American badger, somewhat similar in appearance to the European Badger. It is found in the western and central United States, northern Mexico and central Canada. This animal prefers dry open areas with deep soils that are easy to dig, such as prairie regions. In Mexico, this animal is sometimes called "tlacoyote". Anatomy The stocky body is flattened covered with shaggy grizzled fur, and the legs are short and powerful. The legs have...

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2007-01-22 16:14:45

The Eurasian or European badger, Meles meles, is a mammal indigenous to most of Europe (excluding northern Scandinavia, Iceland, Corsica, Sardinia, Sicily and Cyprus) and to many parts of Asia. It is particularly abundant in Britain and Ireland. It is a member of the Mustelidae family, and so is related to the stoats, otters, weasels, minks and other badgers. The Eurasian badger is the only species classified in the genus Meles. The general hue of its fur is grey above and black on the...

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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'