DEFRA Badger skull man warned
24th June 2003 - BBC News
government worker who stuck a badger skull on a stick to taunt
animal-lovers in north Devon has been reprimanded.
A macabre message was found tied to the skull near Shebbear where
the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is killing badgers
as part of their investigation into bovine tuberculosis.
One of the wildlife unit, which does the trapping and killing,
has admitted leaving the badger's skull.
Tied to it was an official form listing the number killed and a
note saying "Must Try Harder".
Now DEFRA managers have apologised for the message and say that
they are disciplining the officer.
He has since said he regrets his actions.
Senior members of the department have told staff from the
Cornwall-based wildlife unit at Polwhele, near Truro, that such
behaviour is unacceptable.
Up to 10,000 badgers are being killed as part of a five-year
government programme to try to establish whether they spread
tuberculosis in cattle.