The UK’s badger cull begins its second year
Badgers beware: the second phase of the government’s plan to eliminate tuberculosis in cows is under way. Farmers now have a licence to shoot to kill. But will it be effective?
Badger cull pits farmers against urban activists
A great badger cull has begun after the beloved British mammal was found to be spreading disease among cows. Campaigners are furious – but farmers say this is a matter for countryfolk alone.
Bee wars break out over European pesticide ban
The EU ruled yesterday it would ban pesticides that are harming bees by damaging their brains. Should conservation be allowed to trump progress if the science is unclear?
‘Pickpocket’ EU at budget row crossroads
During a make-or-break week for European unity, EU leaders are debating whether to approve a large rise in spending. The UK says ‘no’, but is this about more than money?
THE BIG QUESTION: Should we stop eating meat?
Britain is set for barbeque weather this weekend. But it is also National Vegetarian Week – an annual celebration of the meat-free lifestyle. How strong is the case against meat eating?
Cluck! Cluck! Chickens feel their offspring’s pain
'Mother hen' is a phrase used to describe a human mother fussing. Now we find that chickens display a similar empathy with their young. Shared evolutionary tools?