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Bovine TB
Good badgers, bad badgers and the debate on TB

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AMBIVALENT but deep-rooted feelings about badgers are colouring today's debate over bovine TB and influence how it is covered in the media, according to a researcher at Imperial College London.

Writing in the journal Sociologia Ruralis, Angela Cassidy examines the historical and cultural roots of two opposing representations of badgers – the ‘good’ badger as epitomised in the novel ‘The Wind in the Willows’ and the less familiar ‘bad’ badger as carnivore, digger and carrier of disease.

In her research, Dr Cassidy analyses the badger/bovine TB controversy in the UK by looking at how badgers are …

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