Pick up the current issue of Somerset Life magazine to see my two-page feature on the badger cull.
Priced £2.95, the issue, dated February 2014, is available in shops throughout the region – but if you’re outside Somerset and still want to read, you can check out the digital edition.
In my feature, I look at the pro-cull and anti-cull arguments, including interviews with DEFRA; James Small of the NFU, who believes the cull will help kill Bovine TB; Pauline Kidner, founder of local wildlife charity, Secret World; and their Scientific Advisor, Dr. Elizabeth Mullineaux (both of whom believe the cull is wrong, and are vaccinating badgers against TB).
The feature starts on page 27, but it’s well worth picking up a copy for further features on a drive from Portishead to Glastonbury Abbey; South Petherton; and a half-century celebration of the Somerset Wildlife Trust.
There’s also a brilliantly extensive anti-cull letter on page 16 that’s worth the price of admission alone!
I want to thank everyone I talked to, everyone who helped source photos and my editor, Charlotte Skidmore. I’m really proud of the finished piece, and hope that it puts both sides across without bias.