Cull critic apologises to NFU over badger gas claim
A leading campaigner against the badger cull has issued an "unreserved apology" to Peter Kendall after wrongly suggesting the NFU president was complicit in the gassing of badgers.
Dominic Dyer, of Care for the Wild, made a number of comments including on Twitter, television and during public appearances on the illegal gassing of badgers. His U-turn comes as a scientific study said culling badgers causes disturbances to their social structure that may promote the spread of bovine tuberculosis (bTB).
Mr Dyer suggested on more than one occasion that Mr Kendall not only knew about the illegal gassing of badgers at 14 farms in the South West but was complicit in it. He has now issued a statement on his website withdrawing the allegations and apologising to Mr Kendall.
He said he "made a number of unsubstantiated allegations about the knowledge and complicity" of the National Farmers Union and Mr Kendall in the gassing of badgers, for which I had no foundation. "I withdraw those allegations, and I apologise unreservedly for making the comments in question," he wrote.
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This week research led by Dr Robbie McDonald, from the University of Exeter, was published in the journal Current Biology, showing that TB-infected badgers tended to be shunned within their social groups.