Asthmatic Camel wrote: You might feel rather differently if Mr. Badger and his family invaded your property, where they have more rights than squatters and certainly more than foxes, being almost impossible to remove legally.
I don't see why they should; they're by no means an endangered species and they are destructive and noisy, whatever Kenneth Grahame fans may like to think.
Where my parents live, just a couple of miles from me, badgers are becoming urbanised and are a pest like foxes are. I'll probably get them within a few years.
I don't have a problem with dealing with pests where they are being a nuisance.
But I do object to £millions being wasted on a stupid scheme that will achieve nothing. Kill the badgers in your back garden? Fine. Attempt to kill all the badgers in an entire county because the NFU would rather do that than look after cattle properly and in the end it will make no difference to the cows anyway? Bollocks to that.
I would also be happy to see urban foxes slaughtered and removed from towns and cities. They don't belong and they are becoming tame and they're never healthy. I saw one today that ran up to me for food and was like a skeleton with patches of fur. I had to shout and wave to make it back off. But I would similarly object to their total destruction across entire counties. We wiped out brown bears, wolves and many other native species. Let's hang on to the few that we still have.