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t begins with a mild fever and malaise, and can develop into a chronic cough. The infection prospers in crowds and spreads fast. No, it’s not coronavirus, it’s bovine tuberculosis, an infectious disease in cattle. Efforts to control it have cost the UK 100,000 of its wild badgers (and counting). Is badger culling the answer to bTB? Or should we be vaccinating instead?

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Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination showreel, created by Neil Aldridge.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Badger (Meles meles) bovine tuberculosis vaccination showreel, created by Neil Aldridge.
Two European Badgers (Meles meles) search for food on farmland on a summer night. Somerset, UK.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Two European Badgers (Meles meles) search for food on farmland on a summer night. Somerset, UK.
A cage trap is set to catch a European badger (Meles meles) as part of a programme to vaccinate badgers against TB in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A cage trap is set to catch a European badger (Meles meles) as part of a programme to vaccinate badgers against TB in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England...
A cage trap set to catch a European badger (Meles meles) as part of a programme to vaccinate badgers against TB in North Somerset, UK. The trap is baited with peanuts. Badger vaccination programmes ar...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A cage trap set to catch a European badger (Meles meles) as part of a programme to vaccinate badgers against TB in North Somerset, UK. The trap is baited with peanuts. Badger vaccination programmes ar...
Peanuts, as used for feeding wild animals such as badgers and birds.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Peanuts, as used for feeding wild animals such as badgers and birds.
A field worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Badger vaccination programmes are be...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A field worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Badger vaccination programmes are be...
A field worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Badger vaccination programmes are be...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A field worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Badger vaccination programmes are be...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A vaccinator prepares a syringe before vaccinating a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controll...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator prepares a syringe before vaccinating a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controll...
A vaccinator prepares a syringe before vaccinating a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. . Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of contro...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator prepares a syringe before vaccinating a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. . Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of contro...
A case with two syringes containing TB vaccine for badgers and a pair of scissors being used during a European badger vaccination programme in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are bei...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A case with two syringes containing TB vaccine for badgers and a pair of scissors being used during a European badger vaccination programme in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are bei...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A European badger (Meles meles) being released from a cage trap after vaccination against TB. North Somerset, UK. The blue spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trap...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) being released from a cage trap after vaccination against TB. North Somerset, UK. The blue spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trap...
A volunteer records data while a vaccinator inoculates a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of cont...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A volunteer records data while a vaccinator inoculates a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of cont...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap has its fur cut by scissors after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The clipped area will be sprayed with a dye to indicate that the badge...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap has its fur cut by scissors after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The clipped area will be sprayed with a dye to indicate that the badge...
Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.
An Avon Wildlife Trust Land Rover on farmland at dawn during a programme to vaccinate European badgers (Meles meles) against TB in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried o...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / An Avon Wildlife Trust Land Rover on farmland at dawn during a programme to vaccinate European badgers (Meles meles) against TB in North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried o...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A vaccinator inoculates a sleeping European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spread of...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator inoculates a sleeping European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spread of...
A European badger (Meles meles) leaves a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trapped again...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) leaves a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trapped again...
A European badger (Meles meles) leaves a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trapped again...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) leaves a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is trapped again...
Man clipping the fur of a Badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, the clipped patch of fur helps to indicate that the badger has alrea...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Man clipping the fur of a Badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, the clipped patch of fur helps to indicate that the badger has alrea...
Man marking a Badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Man marking a Badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.
Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. Gloucestershire, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spr...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. Gloucestershire, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spr...
A vaccinator inoculates a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spread of TB betwee...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator inoculates a European badger (Meles meles) against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spread of TB betwee...
A vaccinator prepares to clip the fur of a European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccinating it against TB. North Somerset, UK. The clipped area will be sprayed with a dye to indicate tha...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator prepares to clip the fur of a European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap after vaccinating it against TB. North Somerset, UK. The clipped area will be sprayed with a dye to indicate tha...
A European badger (Meles meles) is sprayed with blue dye in a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The mark indicates that the badger has already been vaccinated in case it...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) is sprayed with blue dye in a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The mark indicates that the badger has already been vaccinated in case it...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A vaccinator preparing to inoculate a European badger (Meles meles) against TB uses plastic wickets to restrict the animal's movement in a cage trap. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination program...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A vaccinator preparing to inoculate a European badger (Meles meles) against TB uses plastic wickets to restrict the animal's movement in a cage trap. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination program...
A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) in a cage trap before being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controlling the spre...
A European badger (Meles meles) is released from a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is tra...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European badger (Meles meles) is released from a cage trap after being vaccinated against TB. North Somerset, UK. The red spray on its side indicates the badger has been vaccinated in case it is tra...
Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Man releasing a Badger (Meles meles) from a cage trap, after vaccination against Bovine TB, part of a vaccination programme, North Somerset, England, UK, August 2020.
Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...
Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are cleaned. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controll...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are cleaned. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of controll...
Tyres of a Land Rover used for transporting equipment for trapping and vaccinating European badgers (Meles meles) against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination progr...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Tyres of a Land Rover used for transporting equipment for trapping and vaccinating European badgers (Meles meles) against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination progr...
Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are sprayed with disinfectant. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...
Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are stacked up to be cleaned. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are stacked up to be cleaned. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a...
Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are scrubbed. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of control...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Cages used for trapping European badgers (Meles meles) for vaccination against TB are scrubbed. North Somerset, UK. Badger vaccination programmes are being carried out in England as a means of control...
Defra Field Workers prepare a baited cage trap to catch a European Badger (Meles meles) for vaccination during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. June 201...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Workers prepare a baited cage trap to catch a European Badger (Meles meles) for vaccination during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. June 201...
Defra Field Worker marks a European Badger (Meles meles) with spray paint after successfully vaccinating it in a cage trap as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, U...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Worker marks a European Badger (Meles meles) with spray paint after successfully vaccinating it in a cage trap as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, U...
Defra Field Worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershi...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Worker baits a cage trap with peanuts in preparation for carrying out the vaccination of European Badgers (Meles meles) during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershi...
Defra Field Worker prepares a baited cage trap to catch a European Badger (Meles meles) for vaccination during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. June 201...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Worker prepares a baited cage trap to catch a European Badger (Meles meles) for vaccination during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. June 201...
A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK. June 2011.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK. June 2011.
A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A European Badger (Meles meles) caught in a cage trap awaiting vaccination as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
Defra Field Workers dispose of a used syringe as part of biosecurity measures after vaccinating a European Badger (Meles meles) during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Glouc...  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Workers dispose of a used syringe as part of biosecurity measures after vaccinating a European Badger (Meles meles) during bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials on farmland in Glouc...
Defra Field Workers prepare vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / Defra Field Workers prepare vaccine for use on European Badgers (Meles meles) as part of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) vaccination trials in Gloucestershire, UK June 2011.
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