Monday, 21 January 2013

New research reveals that more than 10% of Welsh livestock farmers have killed badgers illegally


January 2013. A little-used method for estimating how many people are involved in sensitive or illegal activities can provide critical information to environmental policy makers involved in the proposed UK badger culling scheme, according to new research.

‘Innovative techniques for estimating illegal activities in a human-wildlife-management conflict', a paper written by a research team from Bangor University, the University of Kent and Kingston University, has revealed - for the first time - the estimated rate of illegal badger killing.

More than 10% of livestock farmers in Wales have illegally killed badgers
Using a method known as the randomised response technique (RRT), the research has shown that more than 10% of livestock farmers in Wales have illegally killed badgers in the 12 months preceding the study. Previous research does not sufficiently consider whether illegal badger killing contributes to the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) to livestock.

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