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A wolf lying in long grassAgriculture – Eradication of animals

Agriculture has resulted in the extinction of animals that threaten farming. The last wolfs were completely wiped out in England by the early 1500s. Scotland killed its last wolf in the mid-1700s.
 Wolf facts

Since then, other species have been under threat. Recently there has been a heated debate about the culling of badgers, which spread bovine TB in cattle.

The evidence for the need to cull is not clear and has caused considerable conflict between farmers, scientists and animal rights activists.

Photo courtesy of
Steve Jackson


Here are some useful websites to explore which will let you decide on the ethics of the eradication of one of the UK’s best known wild mammals.

Decide who you support and make up a case for culling or not culling badgers.

 Genetic erosion


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